Traded to Erie (OHL) by Windsor (OHL) with Stephen Valiquette for Craig Jolbert, Jason Polera and Jeff Kapitanchuk, December 17, 1997. Traded to Sarnia (OHL) by Erie (OHL) for Andrew Proskurnicki, Juliys Halfkenny and Sarnia's 4th round choice (Bryan Sansom) in 2000 OHL Priority Draft, January 12, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Boston, June 21, 1999. Missed majority of 1999-2000 and 2000-01 due to knee injury suffered in practice, December 22, 1999.
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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