OHL First All-Star Team (1992) NHL Foundation Player Award (2003)
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to hernia injury vs. Dallas, November 10, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 2, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to recurring hernia injury. Signed as a free agent by Flint (IHL), January 9, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (AHL), February 4, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, February 25, 2008. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring hernia injury. Officially announced his retirement, December 7, 2009.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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