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Jason Spezza

Born:June 13, 1983Draft:2001 Senators, #2 Overall
Hometown:Mississauga, ONPosition:Centre
Known For:Shoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Pittsburgh Penguins (Asst. General Manager)

Jason Rocco Anthony Spezza (born June 13, 1983) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and current assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

After beginning his major junior career at the early age of 15 in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Spezza was selected second overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, eventually serving as their team captain following the departure of Daniel Alfredsson. Playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout, he won the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP with the Binghamton Senators. In 2005–06, Spezza set an Ottawa Senators franchise record with 71 assists, while hitting the 90-point mark for the first of two times in his NHL career.

Internationally, Spezza has represented Canada at three World Junior Championships and two World Championships. When he made his World Junior debut in 2000, he became just the third 16-year-old in history to make the team, behind Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.

Spezza announced his retirement on May 29, 2022, and immediately took on a role in the Maple Leafs’ front office as an assistant to the GM; a position he held until Kyle Dubas and the team mutually parted ways in the 2023 offseason.

Jason Spezza Toronto Maple Leafs
Jason Spezza, Toronto Maple Leafs (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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  • World Championship (WC) All-Star Team (2015)
  • WC Best Forward (2015)
  • WC Gold Medal with Team Canada (2015)
  • Captain of the Ottawa Senators (2013-2014)
  • Spengler Cup Champion (2013)
  • 2x NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2012)
  • 2x WC Silver medalist with Team Canada (2008, 2009)
  • 2x AHL All-Star Game (2003, 2005)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (2005)
  • AHL MVP (Les Cunningham Award) (2005)
  • AHL All-Rookie Team (2003)
  • World Junior Championship (WJC) Silver Medal (2002)
  • WJC Bronze Medal (2001)
  • WJC All-Star Team (2001)