Missed majority of 1989-90 season in retirement. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 27, 1991. Missed majority of 1991-92 season and all of 1992-93 and 1993-94 due to back injury vs. Montreal, October 10, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 31, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, October 4, 1996. Played w/ RHI's LA Blades in 1995 (4-0-1-1-18). Offically announced retirement, August 6, 1999.
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