ECAC Second All-Star Team (1996) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1996) ECAC First All-Star Team (1997) ECAC Player of the Year (1997) NCAA East First All-American Team (1997) Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL Rookie of the Year) (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 27, 1997. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for future considerations, January 26, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 12, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), December 21, 2004. Traded to Minnesota by Ottawa for Colorado's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Cody Bass) in 2005 Entry Draft, July 30, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 1, 2007. Traded to NY Rangers by Atlanta for Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller, August 2, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 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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