DND in eight of last nine games Mar. 23-Apr. 9...Scored 2g over nine appearances Feb. 13-Mar. 6...Played in a season-high 13 straight games Jan. 30-Feb. 25...Posted 1st assist of 2014-15 Feb. 7 at Mtl...Missed two games Jan. 3-6 (stick to face)...Recalled from Albany (AHL) on Dec. 7; was assigned on Dec. 4...Scored first NHL goal since Mar. 21, '13 on Nov. 28 vs. Det...Made NHL season debut Nov. 25 at Van...Recorded 1g-1a-2pts and +3 mark in 13 AHL games...2013-14: Thirty-three games played/4a were his most in three seasons with NJ; 4pts were 2nd (5, 12-13) Appeared in season-high 11 consecutive contests Nov. 7-27...Saw action in nine straight outings to open season through Oct. 22 at CBJ; played in his 200th career NHL contest in home-opener Oct. 4 vs. NYI Matched career-high with assists in back-to-back games Nov. 10-12 (2a) Missed 25 games Dec. 10-Jan. 31 with non-displaced foot fracture; also missed 3 games Oct. 29-Nov. 3 with upper body injury...Was a healthy scratch 21 times.
Hockey East First All-Star Team (2006) NCAA East First All-American Team (2006)
Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, April 12, 2006. Missed majority of 2009-10 and 2010-11 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 22, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to foot injury at NY Rangers, December 7, 2013 and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 3, 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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