Josh Harding, the WHL Most Valuable Player for 2002-03, continued his fine play earning the backup role to Marc-Andre Fleury on the silver medal winning Team Canada Under-20 World Junior Championship squad.
After a rookie campaign with a 21-16-3 record including six straight wins to end the season, Harding played a big role leading the team to a playoff berth. Harding helped the Aeros to seventh overall in team goals against in 2004-05.
In his second season in AHL in 2005-06, Harding has taken over as the starter for the Aeros. Although his numbers have cooled off somewhat, he has been asked to carry a heavy load for a depleted Houston team and is a big reason the Aeros were in first place in the West Division in December. He missed five games in late October and early November with a “lower body injury”.
Harding has been a #2 goaltender for the Wild, but has battled health issues related to multiple sclerosis the past two seasons.