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James Rutherford

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NUMBER: 1 BIRTHDATE: February 17, 1949
HEIGHT: 5' 8" BIRTHPLACE: Beeton, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 168 DRAFTED: DET / 1969 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 1st   (10th overall)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1969) Claimed by Pittsburgh from Detroit in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh with Jack Lynch for Ron Stackhouse, January 17, 1974. Traded to Toronto by Detroit for Mark Kirton, December 4, 1980. Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto for Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Barry Brigley) in 1981 Entry Draft, March 10, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 13, 1982.
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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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