ECAC All-Rookie Team (2002) ECAC Second All-Star Team (2002, 2003) NCAA East Second All-American Team (2003) ECAC First All-Star Team (2005) NCAA East First All-American Team (2005)
Traded to Florida by Pittsburgh for Gary Roberts, February 27, 2007. Missed remainder of 2007-08 due to shoulder injury at Montreal, October 16, 2007. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida with Florida's 3rd round choice (later traded to Detroit Detroit selected Andrej Nestrasil) in 2009 Entry Draft for Steve Eminger, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 13, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to knee injury. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Vaxjo (Sweden), May 3, 2012.
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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