ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000) ECAC All-Tournament Team (2000) NCAA East Second All-American Team (2000) Ken McKenzie Trophy (IHL U.S. Born Rookie of the Year) (2001) Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL Rookie of the Year) (2001) AHL Second All-Star Team (2003, 2005)
Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, March 27, 2000. Traded to Ottawa by Atlanta for Shawn McEachern and Ottawa's 6th round choice (Dan Turple) in 2004 Entry Draft, June 29, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2006. Missed remainder of 2007-08 and majority of 2008-09 due to head injury at Boston, January 3, 2008. Traded to Carolina by Washington with Oskar Osala and Washington's 2nd round choice (later traded to NY Rangers, later traded to Calgary Calgary selected Tyler Wotherspoon) in 2011 Entry Draft for Joe Corvo, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), July 27, 2010.
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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