Claimed by Atlanta from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Atlanta for Frederic Cassivi, January 24, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Oklahoma City (AHL), January 21, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, March 13, 2013. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Lake Erie (AHL), December 6, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, September 16, 2014.
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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