Son of Barry ECAC Rookie of the Year (1984) Hockey East First All-Star Team (1985, 1986) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1986) Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1987) IHL First All-Star Team (1988) Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL Rookie of the Year) (1988) (co-winner - Ed Belfour) Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (IHL - Leading Scorer) (1988) James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL MVP) (1988) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1999)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1992)
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 21, 1988. Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh with Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski for Ron Francis, Grant Jennings and Ulf Samuelsson, March 4, 1991. Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Toronto's 2nd round choice (later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Vlastimil Kroupa) in 1993 Entry Draft, November 24, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 3, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, September 11, 1995. Missed entire 1997-98 due to treatment and surgery for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach with Tampa Bay, November 27, 1998.
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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