St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is currently receiving treatment, the team announced in a statement on Thursday morning.
The 28-year-old Harding returned to on-ice workouts two weeks ago without problem, that in the midst of a currently locked-out season for the National Hockey League (NHL).
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family following the news that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “Josh’s competitive fire has led him to a successful career in the NHL and we know he will approach this new battle in the same manner.”
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can include problems with a person's balance and vision, and it can also bring on sudden fatigue.
Harding has played parts of six seasons in Minnesota and this past summer signed a new three-year, $5.7 million contract. He has amassed 41 wins and a 2.65 goals-against average in his 117 career NHL appearances.