WCHA First All-Star Team (1995) NCAA West First All-American Team (1995) Finnish Elite League First All-Star Team (1998, 1999) Finnish Elite League Best Defenseman Award (1998, 1999) NHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Olympic All-Star Team (2010) Best Defenceman Olympics (2010)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2007)
Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, June 18, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 1, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, May 25, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Florida (ECHL). January 10, 2014. Officially announced his retirement, January 28, 2014.
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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