Played in NHL All-Star Game (1954, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1972)
Traded to Chicago by Boston for Reggie Fleming and Ab McDonald, June 8, 1964. Traded to Minnesota by Chicago with Terry Caffery for Danny O'Shea, February 22, 1971. Claimed by Atlanta from Minnesota in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1973. Traded to Washington by Atlanta for cash, June 20, 1974.
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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