Photos: Spezza to have back surgery

 

Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza is expected to undergo back surgery and will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time. The severity of his injury isn’t yet known. Here’s a look back at Spezza’s career to date.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 25, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.</div>
 

Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 25, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

Photograph by: Scott Audette, NHLI via Getty Images

 
<div id="page1">Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 25, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.</div>
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators wins the faceoff against Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on January 27, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators follows the play up the ice during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on January 19, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Senators defeated the Jets 4-1.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators stickhandles the puck against Filip Kuba #17 of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on January 21, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ottawa Senators&#8217; Milan Michalek (9) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Jason Spezza (19) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators wins a faceoff in first period action against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 27, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators shoots the puck against the Florida Panthers on January 21, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ottawa Senators practice at Bell Sensplex Wednesday.  Jason Spezza, centre.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators high-fives fans as he walks down the players&#8217; tunnel for warmup prior to playing against the Florida Panthers on January 21, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ottawa Senators practice at Bell Sensplex Wednesday. Chris Neil, right, and Jason Spezza battle for the puck.
Ottawa Senators&#8217; Erik Karlsson, left, Sergei Gonchar (obscured), Milan Michalek, rear, and Jason Spezza (19) celebrate Karlsson&#8217;s goal over the Winnipeg Jets during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, flies through the air after missing a check on Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 6-4
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Tampa, Fla.
Ottawa Senators practice at Bell Sensplex Wednesday. Chris Neil, left, eyes the puck as Zack Smith and Jason Spezza, right, tussle.
Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators faces off against Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate Milan Michalek #9 ready for the play on January 27, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Alexander Burmistrov #8 of the Winnipeg Jets falls to the ice between Patrick Wiercioch #46 and Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators during third-period action on January 19, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Daniel Alfredsson #11, Jason Spezza #19 and Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators look on during player introductions prior to a game against the Florida Panthers on January 21, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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