Spezza army onside to storm the Hill

SCOTT TAYLOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

Jason Spezza may have his detractors, but the embattled Senators star can also count on at least one super fan to show him the love.

Louise Tremblay will lead about 130 others along downtown streets Saturday to show Spezza and Senators management how much he means to them.

With Spezza's no-movement clause kicking in July 1, there have been rumblings that Sens GM Bryan Murray might try to trade the centre while he still has the chance.

Tremblay said while Spezza is prone to the odd on-ice gaffe, he's an elite player who should be embraced.

"It drives me nuts, too, but who's perfect? When the back pass works, nobody's complaining. I'm just sick of people and the media dumping on the team every time something goes wrong. The people of Ottawa need to know they've got to cheer the team."

Started on Facebook, Tremblay's small Spezza army will meet at Parliament Hill at 2 p.m., then march along Wellington and Rideau streets to Dalhousie St., back up George St. and finish in the Byward Market. She knows not everyone will cheer in support as they pass.

"There will be people there that will be heckling us. This is a free country and these people are entitled to their opinion, just like I'm entitled to my opinion. This is something I feel strongly about."

Sens spokesman Brian Morris said the team isn't surprised the grassroots movement is gaining steam. "The rally is another example of just how passionate the fans in hockey country are about the sport and the Senators. Fans here really care about their team and their players."


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