Twenty-eight year-old Josh Harding is an ice hockey goalie for the Minnesota Wild. Like any professional hockey player Josh Harding is physically and mentally powerful. Hockey is a physical game. Brutal body checks and fist fights are part of the game. The professional hockey player must be in top physical condition. You can see his ferocious side when you watch him on the ice. If you haven’t been following his success at the rink, this snip-it of a game posted on YouTube will show you how dominant Josh is.
While the professional hockey player is expected is to be physically powerful on the ice, off the ice, he is expected to be gracious, respectful and humble in the face of praise or criticism. Josh Harding has been dealt a hand that will humble him even if he wasn’t already by receiving the diagnosis of Multiple sclerosis at the age of 28, we see the support he received, posted on YouTube.
When I saw Josh’s tribute to his sister, a cancer survivor, I really saw Josh’s softer side. While researching Josh’s Tribute masks, I found that Josh’s sister is not the only person he created a mask for! Josh is known as one of the most involved goaltenders in the NHL in terms of the design of his masks. He often used them for tributes, not only promoting Breast Cancer awareness but as a tribute to his departed grandmother and teammates.
I’m cheering for you Josh Harding! As you visibly battle on the ice and privately against your condition of MS, my prayers are with you!