Claimed by Minnesota (Cleveland-AHL) from Boston in Reverse Draft, June, 1970. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Atlanta from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Atlanta for Bill Hogaboom, June 16, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for cash, June, 1973.
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