Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 14, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Columbia (ECHL), November 24, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 8, 2005. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 15, 2011. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 2, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to hand injury at Winnipeg, March 4, 2014 and as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2014-15 due to recurring lower-body injury and as a healthy reserve.
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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