- Jason Spezza, a forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced his retirement on Sunday after 19 seasons in the NHL.
- The Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Hockey Canada are “forever grateful and indebted” to him, according to the two-time NHL All-Star.
After 19 seasons in the NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza declared his retirement on Sunday.
According to the team, Spezza will join the Leafs’ front office as Special Assistant to General Manager Kyle Dubas, starting immediately.
“Hockey is one of my favorite sports. I’ve been fortunate enough to live out my ambition and do what I love since I was three years old, “In a press release, Spezza stated.
Two-time NHL All-Star Star said he is “forever grateful and indebted” to the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Hockey Canada. Still, there are too many people to thank individually. In the NHL, he spent time with three different teams.
“It was fantastic to return to Toronto and bookend my playing career where it all began,” Spezza said.
“I’ll never be able to duplicate the sensation of stepping onto the ice to the clamor of the fans, but it’s an experience I’ll never forget.” “Thank you very much.”
The 38-year-old said he’s excited to get started in his new role as a Leafs’ front office member. Dubas, on the other hand, echoed that apprehension.
In a statement, Dubas stated, “It’s tough to convey just how much of a lasting and positive influence Jason Spezza had in his three seasons with the Maple Leafs.”
“Jason’s dedication to the game of hockey, his desire to constantly develop himself and his teammates, and his ability to form strong bonds with all organization members have been crucial.”
Spezza had 995 points in 1,248 regular-season NHL games during his career. Spezza is among the top 100 players in the NHL’s all-time list in games played, assists, and points.
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