Rookie of the Year Award WHL (1972)
Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, October 2, 1969. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Chicago (WHA) by Los Angeles (WHA) with Bob Liddington and the rights to Larry Cahan for Bill Young and future considerations, July, 1972. Traded to Los Angeled (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for Don Gordon and Jim Watson, February 20, 1974. Transferred to Michigan (WHA) after Los Angeles relocated, April 11, 1974. Claimed by Indianapolis (WHA) from Michigan (WHA) in WHA Expansion Draft, May, 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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