Was recalled by Ottawa (and to the NHL) for the first time in his career on Oct. 23. Prior to recall, he had appeared in each of the B-Sens (AHL) four games this season recording one point (one goal) and seven penalty minutes.
2014-15: Competed in his first season of professional hockey with Binghamton registering 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) over 62 games ... Ranked second among B-Sens rookies in scoring while also ranking second among all Binghamton players with 133 penalty minutes ... Recorded his first pro point (an assist) on a goal by former Ohio State teammate Ryan Dzingel in a 3-2 season-opening home overtime loss to Worcester on Oct. 11. Dzingel was also the goal scorer when he recorded the first point of his collegiate career in his first collegiate game ... Shared the team s Rookie of the Year award with Dzingel ... Was recognized as the B-Sens seventh Man of the Year at season s end.
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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