CCHA First All-Star Team (2002) NCAA West First All-American Team (2002) AHL All-Rookie Team (2003)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to shoulder injury vs. Calgary, January 2, 2010 and resulting surgery. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 5, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 as a healthy reserve. Officially anounced his retirement, October 27, 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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