Brother of Brian and Ray Father of John Rookie of the Year Award WHL (1956) AHL First All-Star Team (1962)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, June, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Frank Roggeveen and Johnny Wilson, June 9, 1959. Traded to NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) by Detroit for Pete Conacher, August, 1960.
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