Missed majority of 2005-06 due to Achilles tendon injury vs. North Dakota (WCHA), October 29, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, February 7, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Riga (KHL), July 28, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 4, 2011. Traded to Phoenix by Montreal with Montreal's 7th round choice (Marek Langhamer) in 2012 Entry Draft for Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford, October 23, 2011. Loaned to St. John's (AHL) by Phoenix (Portland-AHL), March 3, 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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