NHL All-Rookie Team (1999)
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to wrist injury vs. Philadelphia, November 28, 1999. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Atlanta, December 14, 2000. Traded to Vancouver by Ottawa for Peter Schaefer, September 21, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Frolunda (Sweden), September 24, 2004. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to torn achilles tendon during off-season training, July 22, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, August 13, 2015.
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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