Josh Harding was born June 18, 1984 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The second round, 38th overall selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Harding is a graduate of the WHL.
The WHL's Most Valuable Player and Goaltender of the Year in 2001-02 as a member of the Regina Pats, Harding played parts of three seasons in Regina and nearly half season with Brandon finishing with a 70-62-19 record.
A member of Canada's silver medal World Junior team in 2004, Harding went on to make his professional debut with the AHL's Houston Aeros during the 2004-05 season. Following a year of seasoning in the AHL, the former WHLer made his NHL debut with Minnesota during the 2005-06 season while continuing to hone his skills in the AHL.