Assistant captain . . . A skilled “defensive” defenseman . . . One of team’s unsung heroes . . . Solid defensively and has the tenacity to matchup with the opposition’s top forwards . . . Capable of generating scoring opportunities and handling the puck in transition . . . Relies on solid work ethic and comes prepared to play . . . Should continue receiving extensive ice time, particularly in even-strength and penalty-kill situations . . . Sound positional player . . . Can deliver the big hit but rarely strays into the penalty box.
Skated in 29 of team’s 39 encounters and totaled five points (all assists) . . . Assisted on a goal against Western Michigan (10/21) and at Northern Michigan (1/5) while also adding a helper at Wayne State (1/13), vs. Michigan State (2/13), and at Lake Superior State (3/2) in the opening game of a CCHA Tournament First-Round series . . . Turned in a season-best +3 efficiency rating at Wayne State (1/13).
Appeared in 34 of FSU’s 40 contests . . . Posted five points with all coming in CCHA play . . . Lone goal of the campaign was against Michigan (2/24) . . . Registered an assist on three occasions – versus Northern Michigan (12/9), at Bowling Green State (1/16), and against Western Michigan (2/4) . . . Notched a season-high plus/minus rating of +2 three times – vs. Bemidji State (11/18), vs. Northern Michigan (12/9), and against Michigan (2/24) . . . Took four shots in contests against Boston College (12/30)?at the Wells Fargo Denver Cup and versus Lake Superior State (1/20) . . . Committed 11 penalties for 33 minutes.
Co-honoree of Ferris State’s Blue Line Competitive Award . . . His four-points total was fifth best among Bulldog defensemen . . . All of his season’s points came on assists with his first collegiate point coming at Bemidji State (10/23) and was a season-best +4 for the contest . . . Credited with a helper in home encounters against Bowling Green State (2/4) and Northern Michigan (2/26) . . . Assisted on the game winner in 5-2 triumph at Western Michigan (3/5) . . . Turned in a +3 plus/minus rating twice – vs. Western Michigan (12/4) and at Wisconsin (1/1) in championship game of the Badger Hockey Showdown . . . Best month was February with two points (0-2–2) in six outings. .
Competed last two junior-level seasons (2002-04) with the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Chicago (Ill.) Steel . . . Coached by Wil Nichol . . . Recorded a team eighth-place 24 points (6-18=24) to go with a +11 efficiency rating in 58 outings for the 2003-04 season . . . Helped the Steel capture the USHL’s East Division Regular-Season title in 2003-04 with a 34-22-4 mark . . . Scored a goal and added five assists for six points and was +3 in 55 games for 2002-03 season . . . Graduated in 2003 from Stevenson High School in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Son of Gerald and Linda Spezia . . . Born 3/22/85 in Detroit, Mich. . . . Father is employed as an engineer and mother is a housewife . . . Has an older brother and sister . . . Nickname is “Spez” . . . Hobbies include hunting and fishing . . . Shoots: Right . . . FSU Letters: Three . . . Majoring in operations-supply management.