Brother of Ernie AHL First All-Star Team (1959) Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL Rookie of the Year) (1959) John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL Leading Scorer) (1959) Les Cunningham Award (AHL MVP) (1959) (co-winner - Rudy Migay)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1959, 1960, 1969)
Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with the loan of Jean-Guy Morissette for remainder of 1964-65 season for Dick Duff and Dave McComb, December 22, 1964. Claimed by California (Oakland) from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Pittsburgh by California for cash, September 7, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh for cash, November 22, 1971. Signed as a free agent by Alberta (WHA), September, 1972.
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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