Toronto native Josh Ho-Sang looks set to resume his hockey career overseas.
Early Saturday, HC Salavat posted a cryptic Instagram post with Ho-Sang’s initials and a Maple Leafs with arrows pointing to a club logo.
Shortly after publication, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes announced that Ho-Sang had signed a one-year contract with the club.
The Toronto Maple Leafs joined Ho-Sang last season when he began training at the team‘s training facility in Etobicoke last summer. He was then signed for a pro tryout and later signed a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.
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On a mission to change the narrative and perception of him as a player, Ho-Sang impressed with his play with Marlies. He ended up earning a spot on the 2022 Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, an opportunity that came after the NHL had to pull out of its involvement due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ho-Sang had three assists in five games for the Olympic team, but the national team failed to advance past the quarter-finals, losing to Sweden.
Ho-Sang had 16 goals and 35 points in 47 games with the Marlies. His start to the season was much faster than his end. Hoping to have his AHL contract converted to an NHL contract, the Maple Leafs went in a different direction and used some of their available contract spots on other players, including college prospect Nick Abruzzese.
Prior to Toronto, Ho-Sang spent time with two different clubs in Sweden. He was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (28th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.