For Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, life has been just that.
During the fall, Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite the disease, Harding stated that he would still play in the 2013 season. In his first start of the season, Harding posted a 24-save shutout against the Dallas Stars. However, after that he was pulled from one start while losing another.
Unfortunately, the disease continues to impact Harding’s playing career, as he sat out Tuesday’s contest. He told the team that he has been feeling a little bit “off” from taking his medication.
Despite the current hardships, Harding remains quite optimistic.
“Coming into this, I knew it wasn’t going to be the most perfect road,” Harding said. “There’s going to be some bumps in the road, for sure, and there’s going to be some challenges. I know things are going to get better and that’s a positive thing right there.”
Meanwhile, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher applauds Hardings efforts and honesty.
“I give him credit,” Fletcher said. “It’s against a hockey player’s nature to come in and said he doesn’t feel he can do it.
The entire league is also rooting for Harding. What he is doing is certainly not the easiest thing in the world, but here he remains, continuing to fight it off in order to keep playing the game he loves. Minnesota and their fans are certainly behind Harding, as well as the NHL as a whole.
Until Harding is ready to return to the cage, the Wild have recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from their AHL affiliate team.