Josh Ho-Sang

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Josh Ho-Sang
Young man wearing hockey jersey and helmet
Ho-Sang with the Islanders in 2017
Born (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 23)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2014
New York Islanders
Playing career 2016–present

Joshua Ho-Sang (born January 22, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Islanders selected him in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Toronto Sun described him in June 2014 as a "singular hockey player of immense talent, caught on an island of discourse." He said of himself: "I'm more emotional than most people. That poses a problem for the hockey world. A lot of players are trained to hold their emotions.... I love to dangle. I love to play an offensive game. I love to celebrate when I score."[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Ho-Sang is of Chinese, black Jamaican, Russian-Jewish and Swedish heritage,[2][3] and was born in Toronto, Ontario. His hometown is Thornhill, Ontario, a Toronto suburb.[4] He said he has "always celebrated the Jewish holidays like Chanukah and the High Holidays with family and friends,"[5] as well as Christmas and Easter. When he was 17 years old, Toronto Sun writer Steve Simmons predicted that he "might be better than all" the previous Jewish ice hockey players (which included the then-current Jewish NHL players center Michael Cammalleri, right winger Mike Brown, left winger Eric Nystrom, and centre Jeff Halpern).[6]

His father, Wayne, is a black Jamaican professional tennis player from Kingston, Jamaica, whose grandfather is Chinese from Hong Kong; he was also a member of the reggae band Fujahtive. His business analyst mother Ericka is Jewish and was born in Santiago, Chile, to Russian and Swedish parents.[1][3][7][8][9] His father immigrated to Canada from Jamaica at the age of 10, and his mother immigrated to Canada from Chile at the age of 12.[8][10][11]

His brother Khole is five years his junior.[10] At age 13 in November 2014, Khole was a member of Team Ontario in American football and was slated to play for Canada in the 2015 Snooper Bowl, an international Pop Warner Football competition.[12] As a first degree black belt in taekwondo, he finished second in his category at Nationals in 2014, and was named to Team Ontario and the Canadian national team.[12]

Playing career[edit]

He was selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the first round (5th overall) during the 2012 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection.[5] He was rated a top prospect.[13]

In his first season with the Spitfires, Ho-Sang recorded 44 points in 63 games, finishing sixth among OHL rookies.[14] In December 2012, he played for Team Ontario at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.[5] In five games, he had three goals and two assists.[5]

Ho-Sang skated in the 2014 BMO Top Prospects Game, recording one goal and one assist.[15] On April 5, Ho-Sang received a 15-game suspension (later reduced to six games) for the start of the next season for an illegal hit-from-behind to London Knights' defenceman Zach Bell on March 27. The hit resulted in Bell suffering a broken leg.[16]

Ho-Sang was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (28th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Islanders' general manager Garth Snow indicated he was not worried about Ho-Sang fitting in, saying "He'll fit right in. They shit on me too."[17][18] Snow also stated "We get the players that we feel can help us win. [And] we don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks."[19] In October 2014, the Islanders signed Ho-Sang to a three-year, entry-level contract.[20]

Ho-Sang was returned to the Spitfires for the 2014-15 season. On November 14, he was traded to the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for Hayden McCool and second-round picks in 2016, 2018 and 2019.[21] He finished the season with 81 points in 60 games.

Ho-Sang was returned to the IceDogs as punishment for being late to the first day of the Islanders' 2015 training camp.[22] In his final season with the IceDogs, Ho-Sang led the team in scoring with 82 points in 66 games. He also recorded 26 points in 17 postseason games; the team lost in four games to the London Knights during the OHL Finals.[23]

Ho-Sang wore #66 in honor of Mario Lemieux

Ho-Sang began the 2016-17 season with the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On February 28, 2017, he was called up by the Islanders on emergency conditions, but was returned to Bridgeport just a few hours later.[24] Ho-Sang was recalled the following day and made his NHL debut with the Islanders on March 2, 2017 against the Dallas Stars. On March 7, in his fourth NHL game, Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal, a first period power play goal against the Edmonton Oilers.[25]

Ho-Sang started the 2017-18 season with the Islanders. On October 25, he was assigned to the Sound Tigers after recording four assists in six games.[26] He was recalled on an emergency basis on November 11, 2017.[27] The emergency basis was terminated and changed to a regular recall on November 16, 2017.[28] It was short-lived, however, as he was sent back down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on December 16, 2017, after recording eight points in 15 games.

After being named the Sound Tigers' Player of the Week on February 17, Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle were recalled to the Islanders on March 5, 2019.[29] He was returned to the Sound Tigers on March 8 after sitting as a healthy scratch for two games.[30]

On August 19, 2019, the Islanders re-signed Ho-Sang to a one-year contract extension.[31]

Jersey number[edit]

Ho-Sang chose to wear sweater #66 for the Islanders as an homage to Mario Lemieux, who in response to controversy generated by the choice said he had no problem with Ho-Sang wearing the number. Ho-Sang defended his choice, arguing that he did not merely homage Lemieux's on-ice prowess, but also his contributions to the community of Pittsburgh. "He fought and continues to fight for other people," Ho-Sang said. "He thinks outside himself. For me, that's a man worth looking up to. That's why I wear the number. That's the type of guy who's behind that number, and that's what's so inspiring for me...."[32] He is the second player, after Calgary Flames defenceman T. J. Brodie, to wear the number after Lemieux in a regular season game.[32][33] At the start of the 2018–19 NHL pre-season Ho-Sang changed his Islanders jersey number to #26.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 14 30 44 22
2013–14 Windsor Spitfires OHL 67 32 53 85 44 4 1 2 3 10
2014–15 Windsor Spitfires OHL 11 3 16 19 8
2014–15 Niagara IceDogs OHL 49 14 48 62 38 11 1 15 16 18
2015–16 Niagara IceDogs OHL 66 19 63 82 44 17 6 20 26 8
2016–17 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 10 26 36 24
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 21 4 6 10 12
2017–18 New York Islanders NHL 22 2 10 12 2
2017–18 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 8 23 31 40
2018–19 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 56 8 35 43 18 5 1 1 2 0
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 53 7 17 24 20

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada Ontario U17 6th 5 3 2 5 0
Junior totals 5 3 2 5 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Honours Year
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2014 [35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Simmons (June 24, 2014). "The curious case of controversial NHL prospect Joshua Ho-Sang," Toronto Sun.
  2. ^ "Professional Hockey Review: 2014–15; Canadian Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review. 9 (107): 4. January – February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Feschuk, Dave (October 21, 2011). "Feschuk: Toronto teenager 'the elite of the elite'". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Josh Ho-Sang; Niagara IceDogs". ontariohockeyleague.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Jack Borenstein (February 26, 2013). "Joshua takes hockey development in his stride". The Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Hillel Kutler (January 21, 2014). "The greatest oxymoron in U.S. sports? Jews and professional ice hockey; Hockey may have no iconic Jewish athletes like other major sports, but the likely first-round draft pick Joshua Ho-Sang could one day spell a change". Haaretz.
  7. ^ Dov Ivry (June 16, 2014). "Meet Josh Ho-Sang". The Times of Israel.
  8. ^ a b Craig Custance (June 25, 2014). "NHL – Josh Ho-Sang is ultra-skilled and well rounded, but also frustrating". ESPN.
  9. ^ Jeff Z. Klein and Allan Kreda (June 28, 2014). "Islanders Take Brash Player, Ignoring Doubts of Other Teams", The New York Times.
  10. ^ a b Bob Duff (November 14, 2014). "Being Josh Ho-Sang means doing the unexpected". The Windsor Star.
  11. ^ Mike G. Morreale (May 1, 2014). "Joshua Ho-Sang of Windsor Spitfires makes name with flair for dramatic". NHL.com.
  12. ^ a b Bob Duff (November 14, 2014). "Younger Ho-Sang also elite athlete". The Windsor Star.
  13. ^ Neate Sager (February 27, 2014). "NHL draft tracker: Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Spitfires' Ho-Sang signs with Islanders". OHL Network. October 4, 2014.
  15. ^ Laurence Heinen (January 5, 2014). "Team Orr beats Team Cherry in CHL Top Prospects Game". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ho-Sang suspended 15 games for hit on Knights defenceman". Windsor Star. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  17. ^ "Live updates from the NHL draft". Q.
  18. ^ "Isles GM Snow has meltdown at draft". NY Daily News.
  19. ^ "NHL Draft 2014: Panthers' turn on stage a showstopper". Sporting News.
  20. ^ "Josh Ho-Sang". CapFriendly.com.
  21. ^ "IceDogs Acquire Ho-Sang from Spits". Niagara IceDogs. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  22. ^ Lewis, Scott. "Isles GM Snow on Ho-Sang: 'Enough with the bull'". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  23. ^ "London Knights win Robertson Cup". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "Islanders Recall Ho-Sang". NHL.com. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  25. ^ Canadian Press (March 7, 2017). "Ho-Sang gets first NHL goal as Islanders topple Oilers". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  26. ^ "Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang reassigned to AHL Bridgeport". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. October 25, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  27. ^ Associated Press (November 11, 2017). "Josh Ho-Sang recalled by Islanders on emergency basis". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "Josh Ho-Sang's emergency recall terminated, changed to regular recall". sny.tv. SportsNet New York. November 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  29. ^ "DAL COLLE, HO-SANG EMERGENCY RECALLED BY THE ISLANDERS". soundtigers.com. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  30. ^ Wright, Cory (March 8, 2019). "Isles Day to Day: Dal Colle Changed To Regular Recall". NHL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  31. ^ "Ho-Sang Agrees To One-Year Contract". New York Islanders. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  32. ^ a b "Mario Lemieux OK with Joshua Ho-Sang wearing No. 66". NHL.com. March 24, 2017.
  33. ^ "Joshua Ho-Sang says wearing No. 66 'ultimate respect'". NHL.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  34. ^ Wilkins, Cory (September 8, 2018). "Islanders' Ho-Sang has new jersey number as Lamoriello makes his mark". thescore.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  35. ^ Jim Parker (January 15, 2014). "Ekblad, Ho-Sang to showcase talents". Windsor Star. Retrieved January 15, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Dal Colle
New York Islanders first round pick
2014
Succeeded by
Mathew Barzal