WCSHL Rookie-of-the-Year (1950) WHL Prairie Division First All-Star Team (1959)
Traded to Detroit by Chicago to complete transaction that sent George Gee, Jimmy Peters Sr., Clare Martin, Rags Raglan, Max McNab and Jim McFadden to Chicago (August 20, 1951), October, 1951. Claimed by Hershey (AHL) from Detroit (Edmonton-WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 1, 1955. Traded to Detroit (Edmonton-WHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Jimmy Uniac and Larry Zeidel, August 14, 1955.
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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