Signed as a free agent by Dallas, March 10, 1998. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Dallas, March 13, 2001. Traded to Calgary by Columbus for Jamie Allison, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (AHL), November 18, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, December 1, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Detroit, December 3, 2003. Spent majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (AHL), September 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Timra (Sweden). October 18, 2005.
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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