GAME HIGHS: Goals: 3 / Assists: 3 / Points: 4 ... HAT TRICKS: 2 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 92
CAREER: In the 2nd season of a 5-year contract...Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2002 WJC...2001 CHL Top Prospects Game...2000 OHL All-Rookie Team.
2014-15: Registered 3-pt games on 12/4 vs. DAL (1-2-3) and 1/27 at FLA (1-2-3)...Picked up a second-straight multi-pt game (1-1-2) on 11/26 vs. PHI after returning from injury...Notched his first two goals of the season in his second game of the season, 11/24 vs. OTT...Picked up his 400th NHL point on 11/24 vs. OTT...Scored in back-to-back games during a conditioning stint with Grand Rapids, 11/21-11/22.
OTHER: Is FLA s all-time leader in games played (654) and assists (249)...Recorded 223 points (89-134-223) in 172 OHL games with the Plymouth Whalers from 1999-02.
OHL All-Rookie Team (2000)
Returned to Plymouth (OHL) by Florida, October 21, 2001. Loaned to Chicago (AHL) by San Antonio (AHL) for cash, March 8, 2005. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring wrist injury. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 5, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to groin injury and resulting surgery.
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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