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Josh Harding
Josh Harding
Goaltender  - MIN
Number: 37
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 194
Catches: Right
Born: Jun 18, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Regina, SK, Canada
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Drafted: MIN / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (38th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Has appeared in 83 NHL games for Minnesota going 28-39-4 with a 2.66 GAA, .915 SV% and four shutouts...Made his NHL debut vs. STL (4/4/06) and became the first goaltender in NHL history to appear in a shootout in his first game.

2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS

Suffered a torn ACL and MCL in right knee in preseason game at STL (9/24) and missed entire season.

2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in second-most games and claimed second most wins in his career…Was 5-0-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .935 SV% in six starts at Xcel Energy Center…Started career-high seven straight games (3/11-3/21) posting a 3.30 GAA and a .908 SV%… Made 43 saves and tallied assist in 3-2 win at BUF (3/12)…Stopped all 29 shots faced in 1-0 win at COL (1/28)…Made 26 saves in 5-2 win vs. DET (1/27) for first win in a home start since 1/13/08 vs. PHX…Stopped 36 shots in 1-0 loss at STL (1/14)… Stopped all 13 shots faced in relief and 7 of 8 shootout attempts in 6-5 SO win vs. CHI (1/9)…Made 20 saves and stopped both shootout attempts to earn first win of season at COL (11/28)…Missed three games with lower body injury (10/28-10/31), missed three games with hip injury (2/6-2/12), missed final seven games of season with hip injury/labrum tear.

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS
Owned a miniscule 1.14 GAA and .952 SV% in eight relief appearances…Stopped 25 shots in first start in 21 games, at CBJ (4/11), earning 6-3 win…Made 14 of 19 appearances on the road…Made career-high 44 saves in 2-1 win at CHI (2/22)…Made 42 saves in 1-0 loss at NSH (12/6)…Earned first win of season making 25 saves at NSH (11/29)…Missed one game with lower body injury (11/18).

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
Established new team rookie record for wins (11) and tied his own club record for shutouts by a rookie (1)...Harding made 37 saves in first start of season for his third career shutout at ANA (10/14)...According to Elias Sports Bureau, Harding became the first goalie with three shutouts in his first eight NHL starts since Ed Chadwick in 1956...Made 34 saves in 3-1 win at STL (10/20)...Won back-to-back road games blocking 28 shots in 5-2 win at ANA (12/14) and made 35 saves in 2-1 win at LA (12/15)...Made 30 saves, including 16 in third period, for third straight win vs. NSH (12/18)...Won career-high fourth straight start making 32 saves vs. NYR (12/20)...Stopped 26 shots, allowing only 5-on-3 goal, for third straight win, 4-1, over PHX (1/13)...Made 11 saves in third period in NHL playoff debut in Game 4 at COL (4/15).

2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS
Established new Wild records for SV% by a rookie (.960) and tied his own record for shutouts by a rookie (1)...Stopped all 30 shots faced in 5-0 win at EDM (3/1) in his first start of season...Made 35 saves in 5-1 win at BUF (3/9) in his second start of season... Stopped 32-of-33 shots in 4-1 win vs. LA (3/24).

2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS
Made his first three NHL appearances, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.59 GAA and a .904 SV%...Made his NHL debut vs. STL (4/4) and became the first goaltender in NHL history to appear in a shootout in his first game...Stopped 22 of 26 shots and held the Blues to one shootout goal to earn his first career win...Claimed a 2-0 shutout victory in his second career appearance, stopping all 27 shots faced vs. CHI (4/11)...Ranked tied for first in the AHL in SV% (.922), fourth in wins (29) and 13th in GAA (2.68) in his second AHL season...Was 24-5-0 with a 2.57 GAA in his last 29 AHL starts...Named to Canadian All-Star Team for 2006 AHL All-Star Classic...Made franchise-best 56 saves, including a team record 26 in second period of 4-2 win vs. TOR (1/10)...Stopped 36 shots and picked up a career-best two assists in tying career-high with sixth straight victory in a 5-3 win vs. SA (1/5)...Missed 13 games due to a lower-body injury.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked fifth in the AHL in GAA (2.01) and posted four shutouts.

2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS
Split the season with Regina and Brandon and ranked second in the WHL in shutouts (seven) and sixth in SV%.

2002-03 HIGHLIGHTS
Posted an 18-24-13 record and three shutouts in 57 games with Regina in 2002-03 in being named WHL Most Valuable Player and Goaltender of the Year...Ranked tied for second in league with a .914 SV% and eighth in the WHL with a 2.75 GAA...Named WHL Player of the Month in December and was named WHL Player of the Week twice.

2001-02 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in 42 games with Regina and finished with a club-record 2.39 GAA...Finished tied for first in the WHL in shutouts (4), second in GAA (2.39) and winning percentage (.670) and fourth in wins (27).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Was a member of silver medal-winning Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship...Made 11 saves in 10-0 victory over Ukraine in lone appearance for Team Canada at 2004 World Junior Championship.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Selected by Minnesota in the second round (38th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Joshua Joel Harding is single and resides in Regina, Sask. during the offseason with his dog, Austin…Nickname is “Hards”…Hobbies include collecting autographs, golfing, playing tennis and spending time with friends…First job was as a courtesy driver…His cousin, Kelly Chase, played parts of 11 seasons in the NHL…Would most like to meet President Barack Obama…Lists the fans as his favorite part about Minnesota…Would like to be a baseball or basketball player if not playing hockey…Listens to rap and country music before games…Special talents include playing NHL 11 for PlayStation 3…Includes steak, lobster and potatoes as his favorite meal…Enjoys watching “The Office” and “Entourage”…Lists Shawshank Redemption as his favorite movie…Favorite non-hockey sport is football…Lists tsn.ca as his favorite website…Active in Breast Cancer Awareness and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

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