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Jason Spezza | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
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Jason Spezza likes the off-season changes that Dallas has made.
"You are bringing in great pedigree," he said referring to new teammates Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi. "You are not only bringing in great players; you are bringing in great players that have won and won together. They'll have their different outlook on things and what they found that was successful for them in Chicago they can implement things in our dressing room. We have a pretty open team to learn and get better. When you add three guys that have won, it is huge for the locker room." Spezza is excited for the upcoming season and, just like most players, he is anxious to start training camp. Aug 26 - 9:29 PM

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Jason Spezza was named the top forward at the 2015 World Hockey Championship.

Not only did Spezza win gold with Team Canada, but he also led the entire tournament in scoring with six goals and 14 points. Brent Burns (Team Canada) was named the tournament's best defenseman, while Pekka Rinne (Finland) was named the tournament's top goaltender.
May 17 - 5:46 PM

Jason Spezza scored one of Canada's two goals in a 2-0 win over the host Czech Republic at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Canada now advances to the gold medal game against the winner of the U.S./ Russia match scheduled to take place Saturday afternoon. Spezza has had a wonderful tournament as he leads all scorers with 14 points. Taylor Hall scored Canada's other goal, while Mike Smith earned the shutout setting aside 18 Czech shots.
May 16 - 12:06 PM

Through Friday's off-day, Jason Spezza sits atop the scoring table at the World Hockey Championship.

Through eight games, the Dallas Stars center has five goals and 13 points for Team Canada. While one normally wouldn't combine NHL regular season and international stats, it's worth noting that through 90 combined games Spezza has 20 goals and 70 points. The last time Spezza recorded that many points during the NHL regular season was 2011-12 with Ottawa when he tied a career high with 34 goals and totaled 84 points in 80 games.
May 15 - 10:24 PM

Jason Spezza didn't like his performance in his first season with Dallas.

However, he feels he will be better in 2015-16. "I think I was just more comfortable in the second half. I played better and understood where I was on the team," Spezza said. "You get to know the coach and you get to know the system. I think early on in the year there's a lot of trying to figure out guys and figure out who you're playing with. It's easy to put five names together for a power play, but until you play together you don't really know the little plays you have to make and who likes the puck where. It was definitely a learning process." He earned 17 goals and 62 points in 82 games this past campaign. Spezza believes in the potential of the Stars and he's looking forward to next year.
May 13 - 3:52 PM

Jason Spezza scored two goals and registered an assist in Team Canada's 6-1 opening round game against Latvia at the World Hockey Championships.

He is centering a line featuring Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon so his chances of having some success over the next two weeks are fairly high. Other Dallas players are doing well thus far in the IIHF tournament. Jhonas Enroth was the winning goalie in Sweden's 6-5 shootout win over the host club and John Klingberg assisted on the late game-tying goal in that contest.
May 2 - 12:04 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Mattias Janmark
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Travis Moen
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
5Brett Ritchie
D1Alex Goligoski
2John Klingberg
3Johnny Oduya
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
8Jamie Oleksiak
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi