Josh Harding is just another hockey player. He was a second round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2002, bounced back and forth between the team and its AHL affiliate, bouncing back and forth a few times before settling in as the team’s backup goalie.
Slowly building up a resume, he tore his ACL in 2010 and missed the entire season. His return in 2011-12 was successful, leading to a long-term commitment to him by the Wild in the form of a 3-year $5.7 million contract.
Coming off a season where he finally won more than he lost, with a 2.62 GAA, Harding looked to build on that season after the NHL lockout, perhaps getting a chance to be the starter if the incumbent, Niklas Backstrom, got traded mid-season.
Last November, his unspectacular story would change forever. Continue reading