WHL East First All-Star Team (1998) WHL - Player of the Year (1998) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1998) Canadian Major Junior - Player of the Year (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 18, 1996. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary with Fred Brathwaite, Daniel Tkaczuk and Calgary's 9th round choice (Grant Jacobsen) in 2001 Entry Draft for Roman Turek and St. Louis' 4th round choice (Yegor Shastin) in 2001 Entry Draft, June 23, 2001. Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis for Ryan Ready, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), June 13, 2004. Loaned to Novosibirsk (Russia) by Kazan (Russia), November, 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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