The Professional Hockey Writers Association announced this morning that Minnesota Wild member Josh Harding is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, along with Sidney Crosby and Adam McQuaid.
Most of the hockey world is in agreement that Harding should win the Masterton, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
We all know the story. Harding was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that has no cure, during the lockout. Most people with MS eventually have issues with paralysis and loss of vision, although each case is unique and there is no way to know for sure how each person will be affected.
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Harding became even more determined to continue playing the game he loves. After struggling with medication combinations, Harding came back and was thrown into net after Niklas Backstrom was injured during warm-ups for the Wild's first playoff game against Chicago.
As for the other finalists,Adam McQuaid nominated after discovering he was suffering from a blood-clotting disorder. You can read his story here. Sidney Crosby was nominated due to concussion issues/broken jaw, which you can read about here
Good luck Josh. It would be a crime if anyone other than you won.