Good news for Jason Spezza, can be bad news for Sens fans. And no, I'm not referring to the possibility that Dany Heatley might have to return to flank Spezza's left-wing. Instead, (with a h/t to Sens at Land's End) Team Canada has officially announced that Jason Spezza's been invited to their Olympic team's development camp.
CALGARY, ALTA. – Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday a roster addition for Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp, to be held from August 24-27 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
The management group, led by executive director Steve Yzerman, announced on Tuesday that Jason Spezza (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) has been added to the camp roster. Spezza has played for Canada at the IIHF World Championship on five occasions, most recently at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland.
The addition of Spezza to the roster comes after forward Ryan Getzlaf (Regina, Sask./Anaheim, NHL) required off-season surgery and will not be able to take part in on-ice sessions. Getzlaf will still attend the camp and take part in off-ice activities. Another forward named to the camp roster, Joe Sakic (Burnaby, B.C.) has announced his retirement and will not be in attendance.
The camp roster now includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards. ~ Hockey Canada
So yes, congratulations Jason! Even though your invitation probably won't culminate into a spot on the squad, it's nice to see you getting some proper recognition at the national level for your play.
Selfishly, I was sort of looking forward to seeing the previously slighted Spezza arrive at Sens camp with a chip on his shoulder. But that being said, I also feel a bit for Jason. Unlike those unathletic kids in elementary school, Jason won't have one of those participation certificates to reflect upon.