-Scored fifth career game-winning goal on Mar. 21 vs. WSH (3-0 W)
-Led Jets in blocked shots (142)
-Played 500th career game on Oct. 12 at LAK...
-Led the Jets in four statistical categories in 2013-14: plus/minus (+11), hits (229), blocked shots (160), and penalty minutes (101)...
-Named Jets assistant captain to begin the 2011-12 season
-Captained USA to their first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championship in 2004
CAREER STATS WITH FRANCHISE (ATL/WPG)
*48 points (11G, 37A) in 309 games
WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2005) NCAA West First All-American Team (2005)
Traded to Atlanta by Boston with Blake Wheeler for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik, February 18, 2011. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Florida (ECHL), December 11, 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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