2014-15: Had shot and hit in CBJ season debut 3/18 at EDM... Tallied 12-16-28 with 54 PIM in 57 games while serving as team captain for Springfield (AHL) at time of recall on 3/16... Leads club with six PPGs and tied for third in goals and points.
2013-14: Played in six games with CBJ... Scored a goal in 500th career AHL game 3/15 vs. PRO... Recorded two shots on goal on 6:46 in Columbus debut 10/15 at DET.
Career: Scored 100th career AHL goal on 11/30/12 at Manchester. Served as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain from 2010-12... Won AHL Penguins IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year in 2010-2011... Served as Norfolk captain in second half of 2009-2010; led team in goals (23) and points (45)... Tallied NHL career highs of 15-13-28 in 48 games with TBL in 2005-06... Scored goal in his NHL debut with TBL on 12/17/05 vs. DET (opposing goalie: Chris Osgood).
WHL East First All-Star Team (2003) Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year (2003)
Missed majority of 2007-08 due to back and knee injuries. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Springfield (AHL), July 19, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 6, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Lake Erie (AHL), June 29, 2015.
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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