Claimed by Atlanta from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to foot (November 15, 2003 vs. Philadelphia) and hip (January 30, 2004 vs. Toronto) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Sherbrooke (QNAHL), November 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Mannheim (Germany), January 13, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 28, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), July 18, 2007.
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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