On TSN after the pick, James Duthie asked Garth Snow about the attitude questions that have been asked about Ho-Sang by the Canadian media. And the glorious response:
And here's more, which was said to print reporters:
[sny-box]“We didn't want to wake up tomorrow and have any regrets, so we went for it.... We get the players that we feel can help us win a championship. I don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks… Except our fans of course."
"We think they both have good character. These are 17-year old kids... Thank goodness when I was that age they didn't have social media, cell phone pictures, videos. I wouldn't be the altar boy I am today..." [/sny-box]
To get the long story, on Ho-Sang take a look at Steve Simmons' piece from earlier this week, it's well worth the read (first and possibly only time I'll ever say that about Simmons). Here's a snippet:
Three years ago, on a gifted Marlies GTHL team, the only difference between Ho-Sang and Connor McDavid was — Ho-Sang was the more electric player. You couldn’t take your eyes off him.
Now McDavid is considered a certainty to go first in the draft next year, as a generational player. And the hockey world is confounded by who Ho-Sang is and what he is all about.
I asked a chief scout with a late pick in the first round whether he would select Ho-Sang if he was available, and without hesitating, he answered no.
When I asked why, he said there are certain criteria his organization values, “and if I picked him, my scouts would all revolt. He doesn’t fit what we’re looking for.”
Said Ho-Sang, in a lengthy interview: “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.
“I’m not concerned about the draft (and where I’m picked). I know what’s being said out there. I know people’s skepticism. I’m prepared for that.”
And Ho-Sang also cleared up his comments about his relationship with Windsor GM Warren Rychel in an article in the Windsor Star:
“(Simmons) asked me about the comparisons I had. I said, ‘Some of the harsher ones are . . .’ and then I went on to say some of the less harsh ones are like what Warren says. (Simmons) kind of took that out of context. He took quite a bit out of context.”
Rychel said comparing Ho-Sang to one of the Globetrotters had nothing to do with race.
“That reference for me is because sometimes he’s overhandling the puck like when the Globetrotters are playing the Washington Generals,” Rychel said.
“He’s overhandling it instead of moving it and getting back or simply putting it at the net rather than being too fancy. It’s in reference to us wanting him to play in more straight lines. We’ve told many a player that before.”