Updated: 11/29/2012 4:22 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Wild confirmed Thursday that Harding is undergoing treatment for the disease, which attacks the body's immune system and affects the central nervous system.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he knows the "competitive fire" Harding has used in his hockey career will help him fight this challenge.
MS symptoms can include problems with balance, vision and fatigue. The 28-year-old Harding told the Star Tribune he plans to keep playing. Diagnosed two months ago, Harding resumed on-ice workouts two weeks ago without trouble.
Harding signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract this summer. He played in a career-high 34 games last season.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher released the following written statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family following the news that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 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."
The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.