WCHA Freshman of the Year (1977) WCHA First All-Star Team (1978, 1979) NCAA West First All-American Team (1978, 1979) WCHA Most Valuable Player (1979) Lester Patrick Trophy (2011)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984)
Traded to Minnesota by Pittsburgh for Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Tim Hrynewich) in 1982 Entry Draft, March 2, 1982. Traded to Hartford by Minnesota with Kent-Erik Andersson for Jordy Douglas and Hartford's 5th round choice (Jiri Poner) in 1984 Entry Draft, October 1, 1982. Traded to St. Louis by Hartford with Greg Millen for Mike Luit and Jorgen Petterson, February 21, 1985. Traded to New Jersey by St. Louis for Shawn Evans and New Jersey's 5th round choice (Michael Wolak) in 1986 Entry Draft, September 19, 1985. Played two games for the United States in a World Championship qualifying tournament in 1998-99 and had 0 goals, 0 assists and 0 penalty minutes.
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