OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1968) WHA Second All-Star Team (1973)
Claimed by Buffalo from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to Detroit by Buffalo for Roger Crozier, June 10, 1970. Traded to California by Detroit for Ron Stackhouse, October 22, 1971. Missed remainder of 1971-72 season recovering from back injury suffered in game vs. NY Rangers, November 5, 1971. Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Missed remainder of 1977-78 season and entire 1978-79 season recovering from spinal fusion surgery, February, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 15, 1979.
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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