OHL Humanitarian Player of the Year (2004) Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005)
Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders with Mike Comrie for Dean McAmmond and San Jose's 1st round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Columbus, later traded to Anahaim Anaheim selected Kyle Palmieri) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 20, 2009. Traded to Chicago by Ottawa with future considerations for Ryan Potulny and Chicago's 2nd round choice (later traded to Detroit Detroit selected Xavier Ouellet) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 26, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Biel-Bienne (Swiss), February 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), July 29, 2013.
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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