QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1991, 1992) QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1991) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1991)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Denis Tsygurov and Grant Fuhr for Alexei Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy and Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Marian Menhart) in 1995 Entry Draft, February 14, 1995. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to foot injury in training camp, September, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2002. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to shoulder surgery, December 5, 2007. Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas for Darryl Sydor, November 16, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, September 3, 2009.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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