Signed as a free agent by California, March, 1975. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Protected by Minnesota prior to Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Detroit by Minnesota with the rights to Don Murdoch and Minnesota's 1st round choice (Murray Craven) in 1982 Entry Draft for Detroit's 1st round choice (Brian Bellows) in 1982 Entry Draft, August 21, 1981. Traded to Washington by Detroit with John Barrett for Darren Veitch, March 10, 1986.
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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