NHL All-Rookie Team (2002)
Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), July 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Rapperswil (Swiss), February 23, 2005. Traded to Calgary by Florida for Steve Montador and Dustin Johner, December 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 2, 2008. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to ankle and lower body injuries. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to pectoral surgery, October 1, 2011 and groin injury vs. Montreal. December 6, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Solna (Sweden), December 17, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, January 8, 2013.
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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