OHL Second All-Star Team (1993)
Claimed by Nashville from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Cambridge (OHA-Sr.), October 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Dundas (OHA-Sr.), February 10, 2005. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to sports hernia (October 25, 2005 vs. Chicago) and wrist (February 6, 2006 at Dallas) injuries. Traded to Carolina by Nashville for Josef Vasicek, July 18, 2006. Traded to Washington by Carolina for Washington's 7th round choice (later traded to Philadelphia Philadelphia selected Ricard Blidstrand) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010.
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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