Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
Back in late 2012, Josh Harding announced to the hockey world that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable autoimmune disease where the body randomly attacks the protective lining of nerves throughout the body, causing them to scar. The disease causes problems with balance, fatigue and blurred vision. It could have been very easy to retire early with everything Harding faced with this setback, however he continued to work hard and persevere. His hard work and determination to overcome this disease, landed him on the opening night roster for the Minnesota Wild. His first start of the season was on January 20th, against the Dallas Stars. Harding pitched a 24 save shutout, which was an amazing accomplishment for what he had been fighting. This level of dedication to his craft, and the sport of hockey, is difficult to beat. Harding was only able to play 5 games this season while fighting with this disease, posting a 1-1-0 record.