OHL All-Rookie Team (1999) OHL Rookie of the Year (1999) OHL Second All-Star Team (2000) Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Top Scorer OHL) (2000) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2000) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to Barrie (OHL) by St. Michael's (OHL) with Mike Jefferson, Ryan Barnes and Shawn Cation for Keith Delaney, Darryl Bootland, Adam DeLeew and Brad Pierce, January 11, 1999. Claimed by NY Rangers from Tampa Bay in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from NY Rangers, October 24, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 12, 2004.
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