JEWS ON ICE
The National Hockey League season started on Oct. 4. Here are the Jewish players lacing-up this season: Michael Cammalleri, 35, left wing, Los Angeles Kings. He made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2002 and had some great seasons with L.A., Calgary, Montreal and the New Jersey Devils. The Devils signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2014, and he was the team’s leading scorer in 2014-15. However, he’s struggled the last two seasons and he was placed on waivers last June. The Kings picked him up with a one-year deal. Cammalleri is secular; he’s close to his Jewish mother, the daughter of Holocaust survivors; Joshua Ho-Sang, 21, right wing, N.Y. Islanders. You almost couldn’t make up Ho-Sang’s background. His father, Wayne, was born in Jamaica, and is mostly of black African ancestry. Wayne immigrated to Canada when he was a child. The “Ho-Sang” last name comes from Wayne’s grandfather, a Chinese man who settled in Jamaica. Joshua’s Jewish mother, Erika, moved from Chile to Canada when she was a child. Ho-Sang grew up celebrating the Jewish holidays, including the High Holidays. He was called up from the minors last March and performed well in the big league; Zach Hyman, 25, right wing, Toronto. Hyman played for Canada in the 2013 Maccabiah Games and they won the gold medal. He had a great rookie season (2016-17), setting a new Toronto record for most short-handed goals scored by a rookie in a season, and he tied the team record for the most consecutive games with an assist by a rookie; Jason Zucker, 24, forward, Minnesota Wild. Last year, he had a good fourth NHL season, with 16 goals (47 points total). Notes: Cammalleri played for U-M and Hyman went to high school in Ann Arbor. Trevor Smith, 31, center, and David Warsofsky, 25, defenseman, spent part of last season in the NHL (Nashville and Pittsburgh, respectively) and could be called up again this year.
The ABC series The Mayor, about a young African American mayor, premiered on Tuesday, Oct. 3 (9:30 p.m.), to very good reviews. Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), 35, guest starred in the pilot, executive produces the show and writes its music.
On Oct. 13, Netflix will release The Babysitter, an original horror-comedy film. Basic plot: Teenager Cole (Judah Lewis,16) spies on his hot babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), only to learn that she is part of a cult that plans to kill him. Lewis previously had a big role in the 2015 film Demolition. His parents, Hara and Mark Lewis, are acting teachers. Mark, 45, has a number of TV acting credits. Samara Weaving, by the way, is the niece of famous actor Hugh Weaving.
The original Showtime series White Famous premieres on Sunday, Oct. 15. Jay Pharoah plays a talented young African American comedian whose star is rising. He has to figure out how to maintain his credibility with black people as he crosses over into wider fame — referred to by black entertainers as “white famous.” The series is inspired by the life of Jamie Foxx. Michael Rapaport, 47, and Stephen Tobolowsky, 66, have large supporting roles.