Jason Spezza

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Full Name Jason Spezza
Age 37 Years Old
Nick Name Jason
Gender Male
Famous As Ice Hockey Player
Birth Date June 13th, 1983
Birth Place Mississauga, Ontario

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Jason Rocco Anthony Spezza known as Jason Spezza is a pro ice hockey center from Canadia. At present, he is playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Moreover, he has also played in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars. He 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. He played in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004-2005 due to the NHL lockout, he won the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP with the Binghamton Senators. He has also represented Canada at three World Junior Championships and two World Championships. Scroll more about his birthday, wiki, parents, career stats, draft and more.

Jason Spezza Career

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Marner scores in OT, Hutchinson, and Spezza star as Leafs beat Sens 2-1

Michael Hutchinson used to watch the Battle of Ontario as a fan of the Maple Leafs. Jason Spezza was in the middle of the action back then on the other side with the Ottawa Senators. Both were key figures in the provincial rivalry’s latest installment before Mitch Marner penned Saturday’s final chapter. The winger scored on a power play at 3:54 of overtime as Toronto defeated Ottawa 2-1 on the night where Hutchinson made 24 saves and Spezza turned back the clock with a virtuoso performance than included an end-to-end rush and a stunning equalizer. After the Leafs (28-17-7) killed off a penalty in the extra period where Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot rattle the post, Toronto got a man advantage of its own and Marner-known more for his vision and play-making ability-blasted his 14th on a one-timer off a feed from William Nylander. 

How was the Early Life of Jason Spezza?

Jason Spezza was born to Italian parents Rino and Donna Spezza in Mississauga, Ontario on 13th June 1983. He has twin siblings: a sister, Michelle, and a brother, Matthew, an ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the Flint Generals of the International Hockey League (IHL). Growing up in the Toronto area, he watched the Toronto Maple Leafs but has cited Mario Lemieux as his favorite player as a child. He won a baby contest at the age of once and began his youth modeling career. At age five, Spezza was chosen for a Minute Maid commercial. Two years later, he modeled clothing for stores Woolco and Kmart. Later, he pursue his career in ice hockey. There is no information revealed regarding his education. 

How old is Jason Spezza?

As of 2019, Jason Spezza celebrated his 36th birthday with his friends and families. He celebrated his birthday on 13th June every year. 

How Jason Spezza Began His Ice Hockey Career?

  • Firstly, Jason began his major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Brampton Battalion in 1998-1999 when he was only fifteen where he scored at more than a point-per-game pace as an underaged player with 71 points in 67 games and became the youngest player ever to participate in an OHL all-star game.
  • Later, he was selected by the expansion Mississauga IceDogs in the team's second season in 1999-2000 where he recorded 61 points in 52 games that season before requesting a trade and subsequently being dealt 15 games into the 2000-2001 season to the Windsor Spitfires.
  • He entered the 2001 NHL Entry Draft having been named the Top CHL Prospect and was drafted second overall by the Ottawa Senators after Ilya Kovalchuk was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers.
  • He began his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL) and signed his first professional contract with the Senators, a multi-year deal, on September 5, 2001.
  • He made his NHL debut the next season in 2002-2003 with Ottawa, playing in 33 games and recording 21 points, and scored his first NHL goal on October 29, 2002, in a 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • He played his first full NHL season with the Senators in 2003-2004 and scored 22 goals and 55 points in 78 games. 
  • Due to the subsequent NHL lockout, he returned to the AHL in 2004-2005. 
  • He was also awarded the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP.
  • During the summer of 2006, Spezza underwent successful back surgery and continued at the same pace with Heatley and Alfredsson before suffering another injury.
  • On 19th May 2007, he scored a goal and an assist as the Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Final four games to one.
  • He signed a new seven-year, $49 million contract with the Senators on 2nd November 2007. 
  • He scored his first NHL hat-trick during a 6-1 Senators victory over the Montreal Canadiens on 9th Feb. 2008.

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  • At the end of the 2010-2011 season, he was named an interim alternate captain for Ottawa after the team traded away Mike Fisher. 
  • The Senators announced on 31st January 2013, that he would be out of the Ottawa line-up for a minimum of two months (and possibly longer) as he required surgery for a herniated disc in his back. 
  • On July 1, 2014, Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars and signed a four-year contract with Dallas on 21st November worth an annual average value of $7.5 million.
  • He recorded 17 goals and 45 assists in 82 games in his first season with the Stars.
  • On 30th October 2018, in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Spezza played in his 1,000th career NHL game.
  • On 1st July 2019, as a free agent, he signed a one-year, $700,000 contract for the 2019-2020 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he supported as a child.
  • On signing, he said, "Just to have a chance to put on a Leaf jersey is going to be pretty special for me."
  • However, he was scratched for Toronto's opening night game against his former team, the Ottawa Senators, by Toronto's head coach Mike Babcock. 
  • He made his debut with the Maple Leafs in the following game on October 5, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Who is the Wife of Jason Spezza?

Jason Spezza With His Wife And Childrens

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Jason Spezza married his girlfriend, Jennifer Snell, in Ottawa on 25th July 2009. his girlfriend, Jennifer Snell, in Ottawa on July 25, 2009. On 8th June 2010, Jennifer gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Sophia Donna Spezza, at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Their second daughter, Nicola Patricia Spezza, was born on 1st April 2012, in Ottawa and their third daughter, Anna Lucia Spezza, was born on 23rd May 2014, in Toronto. Whereas, their fourth daughter, Julia Spezza, was born 15th March 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The couple is living a happy life with their children. 

How much is Jason Spezza's Net Worth as of 2020?

Jason Spezza is a famous ice hockey player with a net worth of $45 Million as of 2019. The details about his current net worth are not available. He recently signed a one-year, $700,000 contract for the 2019-2020 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the 2018-2019 season, he earned $7,500,000 as a base salary. He so far has made earnings of $87,477,927 from his entire NHL career. He was on the cover of the NHL 2K8 video game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and the Xbox 360 video game consoles and he is also a spokesperson for Jubilee Fine Jewellers in Ottawa. 

How tall is Jason Spezza?

Jason Spezza is a very handsome and cool ice hockey player with an athletic body build. Talking about his body measurement, he is 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) in height and weighs around 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb). His other body measurements has not been revealed by any sources yet. Overall, he has got a healthy body. 

Jason Spezza: Awards And Achievements

  • Selected to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 1999.
  • Selected to the OHL Third All-Star Team in 2001, and 2002.
  • Winner of the OHL Top Draft Prospect Award in 2001.
  • Selected as the CHL Top Draft Prospect in 2001.
  • Selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2003.
  • Winner of the Les Cunningham Award (AHL MVP) in 2005.
  • Winner of the John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL leading scorer) in 2005.
  • Selected to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2005.
  • Played in 2008 and 2012 NHL All-Star Games
  • 2012 Spengler Cup champion