*2nd on team in goals
*Appeared in 700th NHL game vs. EDM (10/27)
*Recorded a point in first four games of season (5-2=7)
*Tallied third career hat trick including GWG at COL (10/8)
*Suffered a sprained MCL (right knee) vs. NSH (11/5) and missed eight games (11/7-11/25)
*Charitable interests include Defending The Blue Line and Children s Hospital, where he and his wife are title sponsors of a private patient room
*Watches tennis, a sport he has played since his youth
*During the Wild s inaugural 2000-01 season: Was a junior playing at Shattuck-St. Mary s where he won a national title with Chris Porter
WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA First All-Star Team (2004) NCAA West First All-American Team (2004) NHL Second All-Star Team (2009) Olympic All-Star Team (2010)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
Missed majority of 2010-11 due to knee injury at Los Angeles, October 30, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 4, 2012.
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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