Played in NHL All-Star Game (1953)
Missed entire 1946-47 season to commence seminary studies and coach amateur hockey. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, January 11, 1950. Traded to Montreal by Toronto for cash, September 23, 1951. Claimed by Chicago from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, September 15, 1954. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Dave Creighton, Gord Hollingworth and Jerry Toppazzini for Tony Leswick, Glen Skov, Johnny Wilson and Benny Woit, May 27, 1955.
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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