Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 5, 1974. Officially announced his retirement and named Assistant Coach of Maine (AHL), May 6, 1985. Came out of retirement due to injuries to Maine roster, January, 1986. Named Player/Assistant Coach of Maine (AHL), November 8, 1986. Named General Manager of NY Islanders, December 12, 1995. Served as interim coach of NY Islanders, March 11, 1998 to January 21, 1999.
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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