Josh Ho-Sang forgot to set an alarm.
That, he told reporter Tom Dinki for an article in Newsday, is why he was late for Day 1 of New York Islanders training camp and swiftly sent back to junior.
“Obviously a lot more people found out about my mistake than other people’s daily ones, but I definitely take ownership,” Ho-Sang told Dinki Sunday in Niagara, where he is back with the OHL’s IceDogs. “I don’t think there’s anyone to blame… it’s embarrassing.”
Ho-Sang, the Islanders’ first-round draft choice in 2014, met with general manager Garth Snow Friday. Avoiding specifics, Ho-Sang said Snow’s message was to “not do it again.”
“Enough with the bull—-. It’s time to grow up,” Snow told Newsday‘s Arthur Staple regarding his prospect.
Ho-Sang said he had not set an alarm the entire week prior to oversleeping and missing the team shuttle, relying instead on a front-desk call or a roommate to wake him.
“Neither of that happened [Friday],” Ho-Sang explained. “At the end of the day, it would have been avoided if I set an alarm… I should probably start doing that.”
Ho-Sang, 19, has racked up 210 points in 190 OHL games but has yet to make his NHL debut.