Author: Ryan Dadoun

Joshua Ho-Sang
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Ho-Sang embarrassed by demotion


Joshua Ho-Sang is a 2014 first round pick that was cut on the first day of training camp because he didn’t set an alarm.

“I should probably start doing that,” Ho-Sang said, per Newsday.

Showing up late to the start of training camp is obviously frowned upon, especially if you’re a young player trying to show you are committed to making the team. It’s particularly problematic in his case because it plays into the perception that his attitude is an issue.

For his part though, Ho-Sang does feel that the Islanders’ decision to cut him was fitting.

“Obviously a lot more people found out about my mistake than other people’s daily ones, but I definitely take ownership,” Ho-Sang said. “I don’t think there’s anyone to blame . . . it’s embarrassing.”

At the end of the day, he’s still just 19 years old and has been a prolific scorer in the OHL. His behavior was reportedly great during the rookie camp as well. So perhaps he will take this as a learning experience and go on to have a great career.

Prior to the 2014 draft, Ho-Sang stated, per the New York Post, “In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft, and I have no doubt.”

We’ll see if he lives up to that.

PHT Morning Skate: Turns out Backes is a decent pitcher

David Backes

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

David Backes isn’t a bad pitcher…

Fighting majors were down last season and, as Red Wings GM Ken Holland put it, “one-dimensional players are almost extinct.” (The Associated Press)

Adam Larsson excelled under former Devils coach Scott Stevens. Fortunately, New Jersey’s coaching change doesn’t appear to have negatively impacted him. (

Antti Raanta is very upset after a quote that emerged from a newspaper in Finland painted him in a negative light. The quote stated that, frustrated over a diminished role, Raanta hoped that his Chicago Blackhawks would get swept by Nashville. To be fair to Raanta, the interviewer said that quote by itself lacks the necessary context. (New York Post)

As part of a promotion, Wayne Gretzky organized a game of road hockey with some very surprised fans:

With the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp underway, here are some storylines to keep in mind. (CSN Philly)

USA Hockey confirms John Tortorella will coach World Cup squad

John Tortorella
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It’s official: John Tortorella is Team USA’s head coach for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

“We’re excited to have John as head coach of our World Cup team,” said Los Angeles Kings and Team USA GM Dean Lombardi, per USA Hockey. “He knows what it takes to win at the highest level and I know that our entire management group looks forward to working with him and his staff.”

Tortorella has won 446 NHL games — more than any other American coach — and is a Stanley Cup champion. However, he was relieved of his duties with the New York Rangers in 2013 and his attempt to extend his career with the Vancouver Canucks ended disastrously.

As previously noted though, he does have experience when it comes to representing America in both the Worlds and Olympics. It’s also possible that the World Cup will favor bench bosses that aren’t currently employed by an NHL team, as seems to be the implication after the selection of Tortorella and Ralph Krueger as Team Europe’s head coach.

At the least, this gives him a stage to show that he can still be an effective bench boss.