Brother of Boris
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1998)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto with Toronto's 2nd round choice (later traded to New Jersey New Jersey selected Josh DeWolf) in 1996 Entry Draft for Larry Murphy, July 8, 1995. Traded to Anaheim by Pittsburgh with Shawn Antoski for Alex Hicks and Fredrik Olausson, November 19, 1996. Traded to Detroit by Anaheim for Jamie Pushor and Detroit's 4th round choice (Viktor Wallin) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 29, 1998. Missed majority of 2000-01 season and entire 2001-02 due to back injury vs. Tampa Bay, January 23, 2001.
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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