Father of Bobby WHL First All-Star Team (1953) Outstanding Goaltender Award (fewest goals against WHL) (1953) Leader Cup (MVP WHL) (1953) AHL Second All-Star Team (1954) WHL Coast Division Second All-Star Team (1957) Lester Patrick Trophy (1982)
Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Alex Kaleta for Jim Henry, October 7, 1948. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by NY Rangers with Neil Strain and cash for Johnny Bower and Eldred Kobussen, July 20, 1953.
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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