Player Profile

International
Won bronze medal with Canada's National Junior Team at 2000 World Junior Hockey Championship ... Second youngest player to play for Canada's NJT, behind only Jay Bouwmeester,a teammate in 2000

CHL

Traded to Windsor Spitfires by Mississauga for four players and two draft pickson November 15, 2000 ... Mississauga's 1st round pick, 1st overall in the 1999OHL Priority Draft ... Played for Brampton Battalion and coach Stan Butler asa 15 year old in1997-98

Other

Named Mississauga Athlete of the Year in 1999 by the City of Mississauga ...Touredwith Canada's National Men's Team in 1998-99 and in 1999-2000

Scouting report

Very good puckhandler and passer ... Great playmaker who finds and hits the openman ... Very smart and creative with great vision of the ice ... Outstandingcharacter... Team player with leadership qualities

Personal

Nickname: Spezz ... Son of Rino and Donna ... Has twin brother and sister, Matthewand Michelle (13) ... Uncle George Spezza played in Ontario Hockey League ...Favorite NHL Player: Mario Lemieux ... Favorite NHL Team: Toronto ... Favoritesport other than hockey: Lacrosse ... Favorite hobby: Video games ... Involved in a number of charities such as Ronald McDonald's House, Lupus Foundation and Easter Seals ...Appeared in a Minute Maid Commercial at the age of 5