NHL - July 10, 2015

Joshua Ho-Sang has become a fan favourite during his short time with the New York Islanders. The Barclays Center crowd chanted his name as he dangled at the Islanders Blue and White Scrimmage on Wednesday, but some of his biggest fans reside in Montpelier, St. James, Jamaica and have never seen him play.

This summer, Ho-Sang was part of a group that helped build a schoolhouse in a community outside of Montego Bay in Jamaica. Ho-Sang joined Helping Hands Jamaica, a foundation of expats – his father is Jamaican-born – who build schools on the Caribbean island.

The Islanders’ prospect spent five days painting the exterior of the school, as well as helping move construction materials around the worksite.

“I wanted to try to find a way to give back,” Ho-Sang said. “It’s not like a charity thing, it’s more of a helping thing. I met an older man who was telling me about how he built schools and I said, ‘oh, I have to get in on that,’ and it was something I’d encourage everyone to do.”


LUKE FOX  - Sportsnet - AUGUST 27, 2016, 9:04 AM
Joshua Ho-Sang is a confident kid. He's confident in his abilities, his talent and his smarts. But that doesn't make him arrogant or selfish or sullen. And he plans to prove to the world that they're wrong to doubt him.

TORONTO — Josh Ho-Sang was late for the first day of New York Islanders training camp last fall and was told not to bother coming at all. General manager Garth Snow, who drafted the gifted prospect 28th overall in 2014, kicked him back to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs.

Since then, not a day has gone by that the right wing with an eye-popping dangle for every disapproving word said about him hasn’t thought about his mistake.

Today, the 20-year-old Ho-Sang says the snap demotion was the best thing that could have happened to him.

He woke up.