Josh Ho-Sang
Born (1996-01-22)January 22, 1996,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Islanders
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 under contract to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Islanders 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 | edit source]

Ho-Sang was born in Toronto, Ontario and is of Chinese, black Jamaican, Russian-Jewish, and Swedish heritage[2][3]. His hometown is Thornhill, Ontario, a Toronto suburbia.[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 centre 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 | edit source]

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 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.[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, , 2019, Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle were recalled to the Islanders on March 5.[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] However, on September 30 Ho-Sang was placed on waivers by the Islanders.[32] Ho-Sang cleared waivers on October 1, and was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start the 2019-2020 American Hockey League season.[33]

On October 3, 2019, it was reported by Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello that Ho-Sang had requested a trade through his agent.[34] Ho-Sang, despite clearing waivers and being assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, was asked not to report to or play.[35][36][37] Ho-Sang missed the first 10 weeks of the 2019–20 season, as Lamoriello attempted to meet his trade request.

Unable to facilitate a trade, Ho-Sang returned to the Islanders organization when he was assigned to the Sound Tigers on December 17, 2019. In 16 games with Bridgeport Ho-Sang posted 3 goals and 10 points, before he was re-assigned by the Islanders to join the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, affiliate to the St. Louis Blues, for the remainder of the season on February 28, 2020.[38]

Jersey number[edit | edit source]

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...."[39] He is the second player, after Calgary Flames defenceman T. J. Brodie, to wear the number after Lemieux in a regular season game.[39][40] At the start of the 2018–19 NHL pre-season Ho-Sang was asked by general manager Lou Lamoriello to change his Islanders jersey number,[41] as Lamoriello has long stood by a policy which generally forbids players from wearing any number higher than 35.[42] Ho-Sang chose to wear #26 instead.[41]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

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
2019–20 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 16 3 7 10 0
2019–20 San Antonio Rampage AHL 6 1 2 3 2
NHL totals 53 7 17 24 20

International[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Honours Year
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2014 [43]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Steve Simmons (June 24, 2014). "The curious case of controversial NHL prospect Joshua Ho-Sang," Toronto Sun.
  2. (January–February 2015) "Professional Hockey Review: 2014–15; Canadian Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review 9 (107). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Feschuk: Toronto teenager ‘the elite of the elite’", October 21, 2011. Retrieved on January 21, 2018. 
  4. Josh Ho-Sang; Niagara IceDogs. ontariohockeyleague.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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. 8.0 8.1 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. 10.0 10.1 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. 12.0 12.1 Bob Duff (November 14, 2014). Younger Ho-Sang also elite athlete. The Windsor Star.
  13. Neate Sager. "NHL draft tracker: Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires", Yahoo! Sports, February 27, 2014. Retrieved on January 26, 2015. 
  14. Spitfires' Ho-Sang signs with Islanders. OHL Network (October 4, 2014).
  15. Laurence Heinen. "Team Orr beats Team Cherry in CHL Top Prospects Game", January 5, 2014. Retrieved on June 27, 2014. 
  16. Ho-Sang suspended 15 games for hit on Knights defenceman. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on November 14, 2014.
  22. Isles GM Snow on Ho-Sang: ‘Enough with the bull’. Retrieved on September 18, 2015.
  23. London Knights win Robertson Cup. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
  24. Islanders Recall Ho-Sang. NHL.com (March 1, 2017). Retrieved on March 2, 2017.
  25. Canadian Press (March 7, 2017). Ho-Sang gets first NHL goal as Islanders topple Oilers. Sportsnet.
  26. Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang reassigned to AHL Bridgeport. Sportsnet (25 October 2017). Retrieved on 16 December 2017.
  27. Josh Ho-Sang recalled by Islanders on emergency basis. Sportsnet (11 November 2017). Retrieved on 16 December 2017.
  28. Josh Ho-Sang's emergency recall terminated, changed to regular recall. SportsNet New York (16 November 2017). Retrieved on 16 December 2017.
  29. DAL COLLE, HO-SANG EMERGENCY RECALLED BY THE ISLANDERS (March 5, 2019). Retrieved on March 6, 2019.
  30. Isles Day to Day: Dal Colle Changed To Regular Recall (March 8, 2019). Retrieved on March 8, 2019.
  31. Ho-Sang Agrees To One-Year Contract. Retrieved on August 19, 2019.
  32. Leahy, Sean (2019-09-30). Ho-Sang, DeSmith, Sprong headline waiver wire - ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports. Nhl.nbcsports.com. Retrieved on 2020-01-29.
  33. Teague, Matt. Islanders' Ho-Sang, Ducks' Sprong among players to clear waivers.
  34. Lamoriello: Ho-Sang requests trade (October 3, 2019). Retrieved on October 5, 2019.
  35. https://cardiaccane.com/2019/10/22/carolina-hurricanes-avoid-josh-ho-sang/
  36. https://eyesonisles.com/2019/10/03/new-york-islanders-josh-ho-sang-hasnt-reported-bridgeport/
  37. Ho-Sang hoping to be traded — The Fourth Period. Thefourthperiod.com (2019-10-03). Retrieved on 2020-01-29.
  38. "Islanders reassign Ho-Sang to Blues affiliate". The Sports Network (February 28, 2020). Retrieved on February 28, 2020.
  39. 39.0 39.1 Mario Lemieux OK with Joshua Ho-Sang wearing No. 66. NHL.com (March 24, 2017).
  40. Joshua Ho-Sang says wearing No. 66 'ultimate respect'. NHL.com (March 7, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  41. 41.0 41.1 Islanders' Ho-Sang has new jersey number as Lamoriello makes his mark (September 8, 2018). Retrieved on September 24, 2018.
  42. After Lou Lamoriello's Exit, It Appears Many of His Quirks Will Leave With Him. Allaboutthejersey.com (5 August 2015). Retrieved on 9 March 2019.
  43. Jim Parker. "Ekblad, Ho-Sang to showcase talents", January 15, 2014. Retrieved on 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


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