Traded to Tri-City (WHL) by Red Deer (WHL) for Regan Darby and Jarrett Thompson, January 4, 1999. Traded to Calgary (WHL) by Tri-City (WHL) with Toni Bader for Jeff Feniak, Eric Clark and Matthew Ireland, December 6, 1999. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to injuries sustained off ice, February 8, 2000. Rights traded to Washington by Anaheim for Washington's 4th round choice (later traded to Montreal later traded to Pittsburgh Pittsburgh selected Michel Ouellet) in 2000 Entry Draft, June 1, 2000. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to groin injury in training camp, September 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Danbury (UHL), December 16, 2004. Traded to Carolina by Washington for Colin Forbes, December 28, 2005. Missed majority of 2005-06 and 2006-07 due to a groin/abdominal injury.
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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