Claimed by Winnipeg from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, January 18, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 29, 1997. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Toronto selected Nicolas Corbeil) in 2001 Entry Draft, June 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), July 13, 2004.
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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