Date of Birth:  June 13, 1983
 Place of Birth: Mississauga, ON
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
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 Height:  6'2"
 Weight: 206 lbs.

In 2005-06, his third year as an NHLer, Jason Spezza has begun to live up to his promise as one of the premiere centers in the NHL. His strong play no doubt caught the attention of Hockey Canada's brass, who selected him as a member of the three-man Taxi Squad on the Men's Hockey Olympic team for Turin 2006.

Drafted second overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2001, Spezza has been on the radar of the hockey world for some time now, earning a venerable raft of honours during his junior days, which included Top Draft Prospect awards in both the OHL and CHL. He was selected to OHL and AHL All-Rookie and All-Star teams in the years prior to his NHL experience. He was even named Mississauga Athlete of the Year in 1999 at the ripe age of 16.

Though this will be his first stint on an Olympic squad, Spezza has plenty of international experience. He was a key component of Canada's World Junior teams from 2000 to 2002, earning two bronze medals and a silver, respectively. He was named to the 2001 Junior Tournament All-Star team in Sweden and also played several games with the National Men's team from 1998 to 2000.

Spezza made good use of the lockout year, returning to Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, where he recorded an excellent 117 points. He would go on to earn the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's leading scorer and take home the Les Cunningham Plaque as the league's Most Valuable Player.

The AHL experience has clearly paid off for Spezza, as he's well on pace for his first 100-point season in the NHL this season. While it's doubtful he'll see suit up in Turin, Spezza will be ready to use his considerable talent should he be given the opportunity to contribute to Team Canada's pursuit of another gold medal.




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