Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 9, 1985. Traded to Minnesota by Pittsburgh with Chris Dahlquist for Larry Murphy and Peter Taglianetti, December 11, 1990. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Washington by Dallas for Alan May and Washington's 7th round choice (Jeff Dewar) in 1995 Entry Draft, March 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 6, 1996. Suffered career-ending head injury in game vs. Tampa Bay, November 11, 1997. Officially announced retirement, July 21, 1998.
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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