MJHL - Rookie of the Year (1997) USHL First All-Star Team (1998) WCHA All-Rookie Team (1999) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2000) AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL Rookie of the Year) (2002) NHL All-Rookie Team (2003)
Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), October 29, 2004. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Brandon Bochenski and Ottawa's 2nd round choice (Simon Danis-Pepin) in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 3, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Riga (KHL), November 10, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Biel-Bienne (Swiss), October 14, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), January 31, 2011.
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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