OHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2004)
Missed majority of 2009-10 due to ankle injury in practice, October 5, 2009 and knee injury at Washington, February 5, 2010. Traded to Boston by Atlanta with Rich Peverley for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, February 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 3, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to knee injury in Pittsburgh practice, October 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Brno (CzRep), August 14, 2012.
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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