Maple Leafs’ Jason Spezza announces retirement and joins Toronto front office

After 19 seasons in the NHL, Jason Spezza of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced his retirement on Sunday.

The team has announced that the 38-year-old center will now join the Toronto front office as special assistant to general manager Kyle Dubas.

Spezza, born in Mississauga, Ont., also played for the Ottawa Senators from 2002 to 2014 and the Dallas Stars from 2014 to 2019. He had 995 points (363 goals and 632 assists) in 1,248 season games career regular in the league.

“Hockey has been my life’s work and to be able to come back to Toronto and finish my playing career where it started was amazing,” Spezza said in a statement released by the Maple Leafs.

β€œFor fans – in Ottawa, Dallas, Toronto and across the league – your impact on the game is immeasurable. I’ll never be able to replicate that feeling of walking on ice to the roar of the crowd, but it’s something I’ll always remember. Thanks.

Spezza was selected second overall by the Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s hard to describe how Jason Spezza had a lasting and positive impact during his three seasons with the Maple Leafs,” Dubas said. “Although today marks the end of his tenure with us as a player, it’s a pleasure to see him join our front office to share all he has to offer.”

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