‘We’re proud of him here’, Maple Leafs react to Ho-Sang’s Olympics nod

With NHLers not permitted to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Bejing next month, the door has been blown open for players who would otherwise not get the chance to participate.
Among those is Josh Ho-Sang. The Toronto Marlies forwards was one of several names on the list when Hockey Canada made their official announcement on Tuesday.
“We’re proud of him here,” Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza said of Ho-Sang’s Olympic nod. “He’s a guy that’s worked really hard to change the narrative around his game.”

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Ho-Sang initially joined the Toronto Maple Leafs days before training camp opened in September on a professional tryout contract, but had been working out at the team’s practice facility since July.
After impressing at camp both with how he conducted himself on and off the ice, Ho-Sang signed an AHL-only deal with the Toronto Marlies. The nature of his contract allowed the Thornhill, Ontario native to be eligible for Team Canada’s roster.
“He put himself in some uncomfortable positions in the summer where he had to work different and harder than he has in the past and did great,” Spezza said of Ho-Sang. “[He] came here with a great attitude and when you do that you win people over.”
Ho-Sang spent the previous season in the Swedish Hockey League where he was limited to just nine games through two different clubs. Since coming back to the North American ice surface, Ho-Sang has 11 goals and 20 points in 27 games with the Marlies this season and has received nothing but rave reviews during his time with the club.
“He’s worked to get better and reestablish himself here in North America and he’s done a good job of that and recognition of the Olympics is obviously a very good thing,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said of Ho-Sang. “And I think all of this is through the work that he has put in, combined with, of cours …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

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