2014-15: Selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman for the third consecutive year and sixth time overall Won the Most Valuable Player award as voted by the media (Billy Libby Memorial Award) for the first time One of four Kings to play in all 82 games (second time in his career he has played in all 82 games) Finished the season ranked second in the NHL in TOI/GP (28:59), led the league in total TOI (2,377:40), and led team defensemen in assists (39) Registered nine multi-point games (most among team defensemen and tied for fifth overall) Tallied his 200th career NHL assist, April 7 at EDM Played in his 500th career NHL game, Feb. 21 at SJS (Stadium Series Game) Logged a regular-season career high 34:21 TOI, Dec. 18 vs. STL Tallied a career-tying five game point streak (1-4=5), Nov. 15-25.
OHL All-Rookie Team (2006) OHL First All-Star Team (2007, 2008) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2008) NHL All-Rookie Team (2009) NHL Second All-Star Team (2010, 2015) Olympic All-Star Team (2014)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2015)
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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