WCJHL Rookie of the Year (co-winner - Keith Brown) (1978) NHL First All-Star Team (1985)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986)
Traded to Quebec by Detroit with Basil McRae and Doug Shedden for Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel, January 17, 1987. Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec with David Shaw for Jeff Jackson and Terry Carkner, September 30, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 29, 1992.
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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