Jason Spezza Announces Retirement

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza has announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NHL. He will be sticking with the organization, however, as he will be a special assistant to GM Kyle Dubas.

Spezza recently announced that he was considering his playing future and made it clear that he would only play for the Leafs if he returned for the 2022-23 season. Yet, he has now made his decision to officially hang up the skates. 

Spezza certainly had the skill to stay in the league if he wanted to, as he recorded 25 points in 71 games with the Leafs this season while playing limited minutes. In 1,248 career games between the Senators, Stars, and Maple Leafs, he had 363 goals, 632 assists, and 995 points. He also appeared in two All-Star Games. 

Nevertheless, congrats on an awesome career, Jason! Us fans will miss you on the ice, but we here at NHLTR wish you nothing but the best as you begin your front-office career.

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