NHL First All-Star Team (1983, 1984) James Norris Trophy (1983, 1984) Canada Cup All-Star Team (1984) NHL Second All-Star Team (1985)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)
Selected by Birmingham (WHA) in 1977 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1977. Claimed by Montreal as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Washington by Montreal with Doug Jarvis, Craig Laughlin and Brian Engblom for Ryan Walter and Rick Green, September 9, 1982.
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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