Spezza looks forward to world championship

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

Jason Spezza is going to get his chance to take on the world.

The Senators centre hasn’t formally been invited to play for Team Canada, but GM David Nonis is expected to make a phone call in the next couple of days to invite Spezza to represent his country this month in Slovakia.

Spezza, who has suited up for Canada in the 2008 and ’09 worlds, said he’s excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to extending his hockey season with the Senators out of the playoffs.

“They usually wait until the end,” said Spezza Wednesday. “I’ve heard some rumblings I’ll probably be going, but I haven’t heard from anybody directly.

“They have to make up their minds on who they’re taking and who they’re not taking. I don’t think they want some guys to know and then other guys wondering if they’re going to be going.”

Spezza said it would be a good challenge.

“You have different roles. Everybody is asked to play a little bit less and a little bit better,” said Spezza. “You go out there and you try to bond as quick as you can in a short period of time.

“The best teams, I’ve found internationally, are the teams that get together quickly. In the end, it comes down to one game to win a gold medal and you hope you play well that night.”

Spezza, the Senators’ hottest player with 34 points in his past 28 games, said a strong finish to the season is important as the club looks ahead to 2011-12.

“We wanted to make sure we were still playing hard,” said Spezza. “Myself, I wanted to have a good finish. I didn’t have a very good start. We definitely feel good about how we’re playing. It gives us hope going into next year and excitement through the summer.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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