Reaction was still rolling in on Saturday as details continued to come out about Ho-Sang's dismissal from training camp after showing up late the first day. The Islanders took a hard-line stance with the young, sometimes controversial, forward. General manager Garth Snow even made a candid remark to Newsday early on Saturday.
"Enough with the bull. It's time to grow up," he told the newspaper.
Snow wasn't the only one disappointed in Ho-Sang. Coach Jack Capuano also voiced his displeasure about the situation. Reports from Arthur Staple indicated that Ho-Sang was going to get a chance to skate with John Tavares during camp, but instead it has been Josh Bailey skating with the Isles' star and Anders Lee.
"I'm a little disappointed obviously. We've had a few talks with him in the past and Garth has talked to him," Capuano said after the second day of training camp. "The situation that took place to me is unacceptable, but I can honestly say that after the conversation leaving here now he knows exactly where he stands. Garth was brutally honest with him and now it's up to him."
Newsday reported that before Ho-Sang was sent back to the Niagara IceDogs, he was forced to run the stairs at Nassau Coliseum for three hours. It is also unclear if this is Ho-Sang's first offense, which certainly would change the situation even more if it wasn't.
It was an unfortunate turn of events for Ho-Sang, who looked as if he was maturing and becoming less of a polarizing figure. The 19-year-old still had the same confidence and swagger, but looked compelled and determined to prove people wrong about his "character issues."
Fellow prospect Michael Dal Colle has known Ho-Sang for nearly a decade and calls him a friend. Dal Colle was able to talk to Ho-Sang before he left for Niagara and gave him a little encouragement before the trip back to juniors.
"I just told him to stay positive," Dal Colle told Islanders Point Blank. "I'm pretty sure he'll bounce back. he's a great kid. I know him and he's definitely going to learn from this."
Ho-Sang and Dal Colle have roomed together in the past, including at Canada's World Junior Championship evaluation camp in August. The Isles' fifth overall pick in 2014 called Ho-Sang an "unbelievable person."
"I definitely think he's misunderstood," Dal Colle added. "I know he has some learning to do and this is definitely going to be a big curve for him in his development. I think he's going to bounce back very strong."
Dal Colle also indicated that he had not known of another issues with Ho-Sang during his time with the Islanders. "He's usually always on time. That was the first time he messed up here," he said.