Missed entire 1980-81 due to ankle injury suffered in pre-season rookie game, September, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 4, 1983. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 14, 1985. Traded to Los Angeles by New Jersey for future considerations, September 3, 1992. Traded to Calgary by Los Angeles for Craig Ferguson, February 10, 1996. Traded to NY Islanders by Calgary with Calgary's 6th round choice (later traded back to Calgary Calgary selected Ilja Demidov) in 1997 Entry Draft for Bob Sweeney, March 20, 1996.
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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