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               === Wild goaltender Harding diagnosed with MS ===
 
 St.  Paul,  MN (Sports Network)  - Minnesota  Wild goaltender Josh Harding has
 been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
 
 The  Wild  made the announcement Thursday  and said he is undergoing treatment
 for the disease.
 
 "Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family following the news that
 he  has been  diagnosed with  multiple sclerosis,"  said Wild  general manager
 Chuck  Fletcher in  a statement Thursday. "Josh's competitive fire has led him
 to a successful career in the NHL and we know he will approach this new battle
 in the same manner."
 
 Multiple  sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous
 system.  It  is thought to  be an autoimmune  disorder, which means the immune
 system incorrectly attacks the person's healthy tissue.
 
 MS  can cause  blurred vision,  loss  of balance,  poor coordination,  slurred
 speech,   tremors,   numbness,  extreme  fatigue,  problems  with  memory  and
 concentration,  paralysis,  and blindness  and  more.  These problems  may  be
 permanent or may come and go.
 
 Harding  posted a record of 13-12-4 with two shutouts and a 2.62 goals-against
 average in 34 games last season. He has appeared in 117 games over six seasons
 with the Wild.
 
 11/29 11:45:39 ET