Hockey

Spezza dealt to Belleville

Jason Spezza's stay in Windsor is now officially over.

After a week of rumour and speculation, the Ottawa Senators prospect was dealt to the Belleville Bulls in return for Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick and last year's league scoring champion, Kyle Wellwood.

It is the first time in the history of the Ontario Hockey League that the top two scoring leaders last season were dealt for each other.

Wellwood had 118 points, while Spezza picked up 116 points.

Spezza was leading the Spitfires in scoring this season with 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.

Wellwood, who has struggled with shoulder problems this year, has appeared in only 28 games with the Belleville Bulls, registering 16 goals and 40 points.

The first pick overall in the 1999 OHL draft, Spezza was acquired from the Spitfires in a trade with the Mississauga IceDogs a year ago.

The Sens made him the second overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, but sent him back to the OHL to give him more playing time.

A lot was expected from the young prospect in this year's world junior hockey championship, but Spezza struggled with only four assists on Canada's silver-medal winning team.

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