CCHA First All-Star Team (2001) NCAA West First All-American Team (2001) AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) AHL Second All-Star Team (2005)
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to groin injury in pre-season vs. Detroit, September 15, 2003. Traded to Chicago by Boston for Chicago's 5th round choice (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Shane Sims) in 2006 Entry Draft, November 6, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Chicago, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 30, 2009. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 18, 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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