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Josh Harding (born June 18, 1984, in Reginamarker, Saskatchewanmarker) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Harding was selected in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (38th overall) by the Wild. Since his drafting, he played for several minor league teams including three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League and most recently with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, the Wild's development team. In the 2004–2005 season, his rookie season with the Aeros, he posted a 21–16–3 record with a 2.01 goals against average, second best in the league.

Harding was called up to the Wild on March 8, 2006, after goalie Dwayne Roloson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers leaving the team's tandem (the other being Manny Fernandez) one man short. Before being called up, he had a 27–8–0 record with a .923% save percentage (second best in the AHL) in the Aeros' 2005–2006 season. He finished the season with a 29–8–0 record for the Aeros.

He appeared in three games with the Wild in 2005–06, going 2–1–0 with a 2.59 goals against average.

Harding began the 2006–07 season with the Aeros as well, compiling a 17–15–4 record before being recalled by the Wild on January 24, 2007.

Harding recorded a 30-save, 5–0 shutout against the Oilers on March 1, 2007; the third shutout of his career. On October 14, 2007, Harding stopped 37 shots in his first game of the season shutting out the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 2–0. He compiled a record of 11-15 in the 2007-08 NHL Season, with a goals against average of 2.94. He played less during the 2008-09 NHL Season, recording only 3 wins to go with 11 losses, but with a better 2.21 goals against average.

Awards

  • 2002–2003 WHL Player of the Month (December)
  • 2002–2003 WHL Most Valuable Player of the Year
  • 2002–2003 WHL Goaltender of the Year
  • 2005–2006 AHL All-Star Game (did not play due to injury)


Records

  • Houston Aeros' franchise record for saves in a single game (56)


International play

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