Wild Goaltender Harding Hurt in Northland

By KBJR News 1

Wild Goaltender Harding Hurt in Northland

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding hurt his ankle during a team-building exercise in Duluth on Sunday and was forced to sit out the team's practice on Monday.

Head coach Mike Yeo wouldn't comment on what the team was doing when Harding was hurt or when he expects his backup goaltender back to practice.

The team has called up goaltender Matt Hackett, who was with the Houston Aeros, and expect him to arrive in time for the team's Tuesday practice at AMSOIL Arena.

Harding was walking on the ankle Monday morning and said he feels the injury is minor, but would not comment any further.

The Wild's backup goaltender has had problems with injuries in the past, missing part of the 2009-10 season after hip surgery and then all of the 2010-11 season after knee surgery.

The Wild open the regular season Saturday at home against the Columbus Bluejackets, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.

Posted by Zach Schneider