600 games a blur for Spezza

MONTREAL – Jason Spezza said he’ll wait until the summer before he sits back and thinks about the highlights from his first 600 games.
One memory that will be close to the top of the list, but not as a highlight, will be the words spoken by then-coach Jacques Martin, explaining why Spezza was being sent to Binghamton after his first training camp in 2002.
The NHL, said Martin, was a “man’s league” and Spezza “was a boy.” Ouch.
“Yeah, but things have changed since then,” said Spezza.
“Obviously I wasn’t his favourite guy, I don’t think, back then.
“But I’m a more complete player, a little older guy now.”
Spezza would have loved to play his 600th in Ottawa, but at only 28 he has a few milestones left in him.
“I’m just trying to play games and get in as many as I can,” he said.
“Six hundred games is a lot of hockey, but I feel good and feel like there’s a lot more to go. It’s good to get to 600 at such a young age. I’m just kind of trucking along.
“It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was one of the young guys on the team.”

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