“When you boil it down, all I’ve said in the media is that I believe in myself, that I have dreams. I don’t know what’s wrong with that,” Ho-Sang says. “People will find what they want to find in what I say. I just speak my mind. If people want to make me seem like an asshole, go ahead. It’s cool.”
Joshua Ho-Sang has been described as a lot of things: talented, flashy, arrogant, creative, brash, dynamic, immature and even breathtaking. Some of his criticism is unwarranted just as some of his praise may be premature, but one thing you can’t dispute is that this 19 year-old is damn quotable.
Here are some of the best quotes in Ho-Sang’s very short time in front of the media (Imagine what this kid will say during an 82 game season in Brooklyn!)
“If I was a general manager and had first pick in the draft, I’d pick me No. 1.” In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft. And I have no doubt about that. I know myself. I know the other players. I believe in my ability. There are guys ranked ahead of me who are nowhere near me.”
Keeping Things In Perspective
“Nothing’s been hard about my life. Nothing,” Ho-Sang says. “There are kids out there worried about eating, not about having to do an interview or how they’re going to play. So those are the people that I want to help out. I want to be world changing.”
Team Canada Snub
“Every interview I had I was asked the same question: Why didn’t I get asked to play for Hockey Canada? What happened? I don’t know. I’d rather they be public about it than say nothing. “If you want to see what I can do, invite me to one of your camps. Then you can see how I act, how I compete, how I behave. It’s not like they’re winning everything.
“It’s unfortunate the power Hockey Canada has. They have the power to ruin careers and I feel they’ve hurt me a lot.”
Ho-Sang on Ho-Sang
“I’m patient, dynamic, and explosive. I like to be precise with the passes and try to take pride in everything when it comes to the offensive side of my game. I’ve really been working on my defensive side this year. I feel I have the drive to be the best every day.”
“If a team picks me, gives me a contract and says you’re not allowed to be late once (he was late twice this season and missed a game for disciplinary reasons) or you’re not allowed to be this or that, I would follow every single rule. I love hockey more than anything in the world. I live, eat, sleep hockey. It’s my passion.
Play For Pay
“If you’re going to pay me to do something I love, I’m going to go out there and produce for you so you’re going to have to pay me more.”
“I’m emotional, 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. Look at Sidney Crosby, how much emotion do you see? Pavel Datsyuk, the same. Jonathan Toews, the same. All stone-faced. P.K. gets into trouble. Kane gets in trouble. The guys with more personality play with something more.