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Wild Recalls Josh Harding

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goalie Josh Harding from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Houston Aeros.

Harding, 21 (6/18/84), was in the midst of his second AHL season with the Aeros prior to his call-up. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan has 27 wins in 36 games with Houston this season and ranks second in the AHL in both wins and save percentage (.923).

Harding paced the Aeros with 21 wins and was fifth in the league with a 2.01 goals-against-average in 2004-05, his first season with Houston.

Originally selected by the Wild in the second round (38th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Harding was the first goalie ever drafted by the franchise. He will wear sweater number 29 with Minnesota.

Josh Harding’s Career Statistics

Regular Season            Playoffs       
Season   Club  League  GP  Record  GAA  GP  Record  GA  GAA
2001-02  Regina   WHL  42 27-13-1  2.39   2-4  16  2.95
 2002-03 Regina   WHL  57  19-13-2  2.24  9  3-4  18 1.96 
 2003-04  Regina  WHL  28  11-14-9  2.49  --  --  --  --
   Brandon  WHL  27 13-11-3   2.42  11  5-6  36  3.27
   Canada  WJC  1  1-0-0  0.00 --  --   --  --
 2004-05 Houston   AHL  42 21-16-3   2.01  0-2  4.03
 2005-06 Houston   AHL 36   27-8-0 2.64  --   --  --  --
  AHL Totals     78  48-24-3  2.30  2  0-2  8 4.03 

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