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Updated: November 28th, 2012 11:36pm
Report: Wild goalie Josh Harding diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Report: Wild goalie Josh Harding diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, according to the Star Tribune.

Harding, 28, had kept the kept the disease private for more than a month, telling only his immediate family. But he started to call friends Wednesday and spoke to nearly all of his teammates. He also called general manager Chuck Fletcher of the Wild, as well as coach Mike Yeo.

"Josh's competitive fire has led him to a successful career in the NHL and we know he will approach this new battle in the same manner," Fletcher told the Star Tribune.

Harding told the paper that MS will not end his career. "There's going to be some good days and bad days, but I think if you talk to anybody in life, there's going to be some good days and bad days," he said.

Harding was diagnosed with the disease in late September. He was cleared to begin skating again two weeks ago.

The NHL lockout has meant that players are left to workout on their own.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Josh Harding, Mike Yeo
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