ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Josh Harding wasn't sure if he would be able to continue his NHL career last summer when he was shook by the news that he was diagnosed with multiple scleroris.
Harding wasn't sure of a lot of things. But he knew he wanted to keep playing hockey.
He had just signed a new three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild and with the support of the organization and his teammates, Harding worked to return to the team. He got himself in shape and was on Minnesota's opening-night roster last season.
Less than a year after his diagnoses, Harding was honored as this year's winner of the Masterton Trophy on Friday, given annually to the player that best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
"All year was a battle, a lot of ups and downs," Harding said on the NHL Network broadcast of the awards Friday. "I couldn't thank the people that have supported me and been on my team since I got diagnosed. It starts off with the whole Wild organization beli...