Signed as a free agent by Hartford (AHL), June 12, 2007. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, May 5, 2009. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Kris Newbury, March 3, 2010. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Connecticut (AHL), October 6, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Connecticut (AHL), November 7, 2011.
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