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Joshua Ho-Sang Getting The P.K. Subban Treatment From Hockey Canada

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Anyone who has followed the P.K. Subban saga from the beginning is suffering a little déja voodoo these days.

You know the story: exciting, charismatic, talented young hockey player is deemed a little too cocky by the hockey establishment, which is determined to take him down a peg or two.

The player falls into the category they call “visible minority,” although no one really knows what an “invisible minority” would be. He runs his mouth a little too much for the powers that be. His stock falls well below his talent level in the draft.

Then he isn’t issued an invitation to the world junior training camp by Hockey Canada, the ultimate hockey establishment.

Apart from that last bit, Joshua Ho-Sang’s story is P.K. Subban all over again. Brash young star rubs hockey people the wrong way despite his talent.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Completely agree.. Definitely a double standard.  The fact he’s defending these guys and he’s using cliches like “he’s articulate” .  I still haven’t heard this compliment given to white players.  Goes to show most of the problem isn’t overt just lack of exposure or understanding

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/25/14 at 09:20 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Completely agree HockeytownOverhaul.
Zach Kassian is one of the dumbest, most ignorant and moronic athletes you’ll ever meet and yet that didn’t stop him from making the national team.

At some point, I think we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
I’m normally someone who thinks race is brought up way too much or too soon to defend certain actions.
But in Ho-Sung and Subban’s cases, I have a feeling that both players would be treated a lot differently if they were white.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/25/14 at 10:40 AM ET

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I sure hope it’s not a racial thing.  It seems to me that national teams play favorites - and I am not piped in enough to explain it better.  Being an Islanders fan - who loves Kukla’s Korner! - we always think its about us…..and that will make Ho-Sang fit right in.  I am still struggling to understand how they left Kyle Okposo off Team USA - it’s not just Canada.

It’s really up to players like Ho-Sang and Subban to back up their personalities with strong play.  I have enjoyed watching Subban play for the past few years.  I’ll bet he is popular in his locker room with the guys and seems like a leader.  One with an outgoing personality.  I would love to have Subban on our team.

If a player is not aiming or taunting the opposition - but maybe is having too much fun - that is fine by me.  the game needs some characters.  Subban’s play and his Norris Trophy are proving him right.  Here’s hoping that Josh Ho-Sang comes to Brooklyn (sheessssssssshhh)  and lights up the city !  The fans are already talking about him and are pumped. Josh - Take the snub and take it out on the opposition in the CHL this season.  If he becomes a first line winger in Brooklyn, the fans will love him -the media will LOVE him and in time - so will Team Canada. 

However, if I am Grahame Townshend, as coach of Team Jamaica -I am determining if I can bring Ho-Sang on as a member of Team Jamaica.  Isn’t his Dad a citizen of Jamaica ?  Olympics then are guaranteed and Ho-Sang has the stage to himself.  Have the ex-Islander ( Townshend) look out for the future Islander. 

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 08/25/14 at 11:37 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

People will always deny the racial aspect but I do think that there’s at least something to it, even if it’s on a subconscious level. As a bit of an aside, I have a friend, visible minority, who’s one of the biggest hockey fans on this planet. Named one of his kids after Sean Avery in fact, yet he’ll launch into a diatribe about Subban any time he hears his name.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/25/14 at 01:27 PM ET

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I am still mad Ken Holland didn’t trade down and get Ho-Sang. He will be a very good NHL player.

I understand the need to spend a top pick to get a center in the pipeline since 6 weeks of David Legwand was worth our best C prospect last year and we had nothing but wild cards after Jarnkrok was traded.

That said, I can’t wait to watch Ho-Sang tear it up in the future.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 08/26/14 at 09:54 AM ET

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