Played in NHL All-Star Game (1971, 1972)
Traded to Chicago by Vancouver for Jerry Korab and Gary Smith, May 14, 1973. Traded to Pittsburgh by Chicago for Pittsburgh's 2nd round choice (Ken Solheim) in 1980 Entry Draft, October 9, 1978. Claimed by Pittsburgh as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
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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