Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year AHL) (1948) AHL Second All-Star Team (1953) WHL Second All-Star Team (1962, 1963)
Traded to Toronto by Cleveland (AHL) for Ray Ceresino, Harry Taylor and the loan of Tod Sloan for the 1949-50 season, September 6, 1949. Traded to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) with Gilles Mayer, Jack Price, Willie Marshall, Bob Hassard and Ray Gariepy for cash, July 7, 1956. Traded to San Francisco (WHL) by Detroit for cash, July, 1962. Traded to NY Rangers (LA Blades-WHL) by San Francisco (WHL) for Danny Belisle with NY Rangers holding right of recall, July, 1962.
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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