With the 2014 Winter Olympics several months away, countries have released the rosters for their orientation camp. There were few surprises to be found anywhere, but one of the real surprises was the fact that the list of invitees for Team Canada did not include Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza.
In fact, the Senators weren’t as well represented as some teams were, with the usual suspects being invited to the orientation camps for their countries. Erik Karlsson and Robin Lehner will head to camp for Team Sweden, while Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan will head to camp for Team USA. Marc Methot, surprisingly enough, was the lone Senator representative for Team Canada.
Which means that Spezza was not invited to camp. The reason for his omission on the list of invitees is a puzzling one, as he’s been an incredibly consistent player with the Senators over the last several years. Whether it was a matter of health, or otherwise, it doesn’t quite add up.
The Ontario native appeared in only five games and was limited in the playoffs because of multiple injuries, but finished with an even five points total in those games. He’s just one year removed from a season in which he finished among the league’s best in point production, when he notched 84 points in 80 games in 2011-12.
Of course, when you look at some of the names that were invited, including Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, and Ryan Getzlaf, among others, Spezza very well may not have even made the team. However, as a Canadian veteran, and one of the best around, you would have hoped he would have at least earned the respect to receive an invite to orientation camp.