Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year AHL) (1955) AHL Second All-Star Team (1961, 1964)
Loaned to Glace Bay (MMHL) by Detroit, September 20, 1951. Loaned to Shawinigan, (QMHL) by Detroit, December 5, 1952. Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by Springfield (AHL), February 23, 1958. NHL rights transferred to Los Angeles after NHL club purchased Springfield (AHL) franchise, May, 1967.
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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