As Iron Maiden proclaims on Only the Good Die Young, the closing track of their 1988 album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, time, it waits for no man. The passage of time is inescapable (Eat Arby’s) and is especially noticeable in the field of sport. If you follow any professional sport for an extended period of time, you’re sure to notice that a player who was once so dominant suddenly just isn’t anymore. A player who once possessed a skillset so seemingly otherworldly is now a step behind. A guy once circled on the lineup card whenever his team came to town, now toiling away in a depth role.
Let’s talk about Jason Spezza.
Jason Spezza’s number is 37, which in terms of years, denotes his age when the Toronto Maple Leafs open the 2021 campaign on January 13th.
You: “I’m only 35, I have my whole life ahead of me.”
Sports Broadcaster: “Here comes the oldest player in the league. He’s 32. A miracle.”
— Troy Johnson (@_troyjohnson) December 6, 2016
After signing a one year, league minimum deal to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, Spezza found himself starting the 2019/2020 season as a healthy scratch. However, once Sheldon Keefe took over, …
Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation