OHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
Claimed by Atlanta from Los Angeles in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Minnesota by Atlanta for San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Pittsburgh later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Aaron Johnson) in 2001 Entry Draft, September 29, 2000.
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