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Jason Spezza | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
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Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said he liked the way the team's off-season acquisitions improved as the season went on.
"Well, I think you look at Spezza, and you can probably add [free-agent signee] Ales Hemsky, and I think there was a real transition period for them, so things take time no matter what player you add," said Gaglardi. "They came in and they were used to playing a different brand of hockey, and it took time for them to change how they played. I know there weren’t a lot of second-line centers that outpointed Jason Spezza, and there might not have been any in the second half of the season. I just think that he was so much better in the second half, and I think that projects out to next season." Apr 19 - 9:58 AM

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Jason Spezza will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Spezza is a grizzled veteran on this team with his 25 games of experience playing at the World Hockey Championships. The 31 year-old has 12 goals and 21 points in those tournament games. He is coming off a 17 goal, 62 point effort for the Dallas Stars.
Apr 15 - 1:24 AM

Jason Spezza kicked off Monday's game with a sweet goal, and later added an assist in the Stars' 5-3 loss to the Flames.

Spezza simply took Patrick Eaves' pass and walked into the offensive zone, and fired a laser through a screen far-side just 40 seconds into the game. It was only Spezza's second goal of the month. He now has 17 goals and 59 points through the season.
Mar 31 - 2:04 AM

Jason Spezza registered two points in the Stars’ 4-0 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Spezza assisted on Tyler Seguin’s first-period power-play goal, and rounded out the scoring with one of his own in the third. The points ended a five-game pointless streak for the Stars’ second-line center. He has 16 goals and 55 points this season. Patrick Eaves also had a goal and an assist. Alex Goligoski chipped in with two helpers.
Mar 21 - 11:18 PM

Jason Spezza believes that this season has been a learning experience for his team.

"I really feel like this has been a learning season for everyone," said center Jason Spezza, who joined the team in a trade last summer. "I think we added some new pieces, and we got behind early, and then we started pressing. We probably were a little too offensive, and maybe even more so at home, and we dug ourselves a hole. Now, we’re trying to dig out." The Stars are six points behind Winnipeg for the final playoff spot in the West, but they have to jump over four teams in the standings to get there. Don't count on Dallas getting into the post-season this year.
Mar 15 - 12:02 PM

Jason Spezza scored two goals in Dallas’ 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

Spezza’s first goal actually opened the scoring at the 14:33 mark of the second period. The Stars had a monumental collapse in the third period, as they allowed six goals in the frame. Spezza now has 13 points in his last nine games. The 31-year-old has 14 goals and 50 points in 60 games with Dallas in 2014-15.
Feb 22 - 10:44 PM

Jason Spezza collected three assists in a 4-1 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.

He had a helper on all three of Jamie Benn's three goals in the match. Spezza has picked up at least one point in six consecutive contests. He has three goals and seven helpers during his scoring spree. The loss to Tyler Seguin to injury has much easier to handle thanks to the play of Spezza.
Feb 18 - 12:21 PM

Jason Spezza tickled the twine for the Stars in their 4-1 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Life without Tyler Seguin won't be very easy, but Spezza will have no problem filling in as the top center. He has 12 goals and 44 points. Jamie Benn and Jyrki Jokipakka got the assists. Spezza should do well with the Stars' best winger, Benn, now on his side.
Feb 15 - 12:14 AM

Jason Spezza will center Erik Cole and Brett Ritchie to form the Stars' top line against the Avalanche on Saturday night.

With Seguin, Eaves, and Hemsky all out with injuries, Coach Ruff is forced to mix up his combinations. The Avs are one of the weakest teams in the league, and also one of the fastest so this could bear mixed results. But it sure is loaded with scoring talent. Led by Spezza, the trio combine for 29 goals and 74 points on the year.
Feb 14 - 7:16 PM

Jason Spezza generated a goal and two assists to power Dallas to a 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers on Sunday.

He also won 13 of his 18 faceoffs in the match. Spezza opened the scoring with a power-play goal just under three minutes into the second period and he set up goals by linemates Erik Cole and Ales Hemsky. He has been red hot since the beginning of January with 15 points in his last 16 games.
Feb 9 - 12:59 PM

Jason Spezza went pointless in his return to Ottawa on Thursday, but the Stars were able to beat the Senators 6-3.

The performance snapped a six-game points streak for the veteran center, but the longtime Senator probably had other things on his mind as he was given a warm welcome returning to the city that drafted him. The Canadian Tire Centre crowd applauded their former captain after a video tribute during a commercial break. Spezza has 35 points in 48 games with the Stars.
Jan 30 - 12:50 AM

Jason Spezza will make his return to Ottawa on Thursday night as a member of the Dallas Stars.

The Senators visited Dallas on Jan. 13, but this meeting will be different. Spezza spent 11 seasons in Ottawa before requesting a trade. He has fond memories of his former team, but he is happy to be with the Stars. "When you're in the same spot for a long time, sometimes it takes a hard decision," said Spezza. "Hopefully, they appreciate I gave everything when I was here and tried to do all I could to help us win." He is getting more comfortable with his new team and will take a five-game point streak (one goal, five assists) into Thursday's match.
Jan 29 - 12:20 PM

Jason Spezza returned to Tuesday's contest against Montreal after he was hit from behind into the boards by Alexei Emelin.

He came back sporting a face shield after he suffered a broken nose. Emelin was ejected from the game for the infraction. Spezza had an assist and three shots in 14:03 of ice time in Dallas' 3-2 loss.
Jan 28 - 11:13 AM

Jason Spezza and two other Stars players recorded a goal and an assist in their 5-4 win over the Capitals on Saturday night.

Spezza, Tyler Seguin and Erik Cole all had matching nights on the score sheet. Spezza also had four penalty minutes. With some correction on the goal side (eight on 8.6% scoring rate), Spezza will right where the Stars (and fantasy owners) hoped he’d be when he was acquired from the Senators. He has 32 points in 44 games. Jamie Benn and Antoine Roussel scored the other goals in the win. Jyrki Jokipakka got two helpers.
Jan 17 - 11:14 PM

Jason Spezza is still making adjustments in Dallas, but the team has been pleased with his play so far.

"He's been good," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think there's been a little bit of an adjustment to playing out West. Changing teams is tough — that adjustment, style of play, and going to the conference are a big deal." Spezza has recorded seven goals, 29 points and a minus-7 rating in 41 games with the Stars. He is hopeful that his second half will be better.
Jan 13 - 10:44 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Antoine Roussel
3Shawn Horcoff
4Travis Moen
5Brendan Ranford
RW1Ales Hemsky
2Ryan Garbutt
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
5Valeri Nichushkin
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3John Klingberg
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Jhonas Enroth