USHL First All-Star Team (2001) USHL Rookie of the Year (2001) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2002) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2002) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003) WCHA First All-Star Team (2004) NCAA West First All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005)
Traded to Chicago by Ottawa with Ottawa's 2nd round choice (Simon Danis-Pepin) in 2006 Entry Draft for Tyler Arnason, March 9, 2006. Traded to Boston by Chicago for Kris Versteeg and future considerations, February 3, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Boston for Shane Hnidy and Anaheim's 6th round choice (Nicholas Tremblay) in 2008 Entry Draft, January 2, 2008. Traded to Nashville by Anaheim for future considerations, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 8, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Astana (KHL), May 7, 2010.
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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