Was assigned to Albany (AHL) Dec. 13...Was recalled from Albany Dec. 12; posted 1a and 34 PIM in 23 contests at time of recall...2009-10: Spent last of four-plus seasons with Kitchener (OHL); served as captain the last two seasons....Tallied 6g-21a-27pts in 58 games; all scoring totals represented career highs...Skated in 20 playoff contests, adding 4g-9a-13pts, as team lost in Conference Finals to future Albany teammates A. Henrique and H. Young of Windsor...Played in 2009 OHL All-Star Game...Ranger teammates included former Devil draft pick M. Halischuk...Career OHL totals showed 11g-71a-82pts and 277 PIM in 235 games; added 5g-12a-17pts and 37 PIM in 37 playoff tilts.
Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, May 19, 2010.
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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