*Stopped all 24 shots faced in a 1-0 OT win at WPG (9/22) in his only preseason action
*Wild franchise leader in wins, shutouts, home shutouts (18), games played, starts (391) and minutes played
*Fan of Manchester United
*Likes hard rock, especially Foo Fighter and Metallica
*During the Wild s inaugural 2000-01 season: Played hockey for SaiPa in Finland
MBNA Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (2007) William M. Jennings Trophy (2007) (shared with Manny Fernandez)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, June 1, 2006. Missed majority of 2013-14 and 2014-15 due to recurring lower-body injuries.
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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