GAME HIGHS: Goals: 1 / Assists: 1 / Points: 2 ... HAT TRICKS: 0 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 3
CAREER: In the 1st season of a 2-year entry-level contract...2014 Slovakian Olympian...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids... 2012 and 2011 QMJHL President s Cup champion with the Saint John Sea Dogs...2011 CHL Memorial Cup champion with Saint John...Represented Slovakia at 2011 and 2012 WJC and the 2015 WC.
2015-16: Played his 100th NHL game on 10/13 vs. TB ... Had 9 points (5-4-9) during 5-game conditioning stint in AHL Grand Rapids, earning league honors as Player of the Week.
2014-15: Bested rookie season totals in assists and points...Had a career-best 4-game point streak from 11/24-11/30...Scored his 1st goal of the year during a 2-pt game (1-1-2) on 11/18 at CBJ.
OTHER: Sister, Petra, played hockey for Slovakia at 2010 Olympics...Reached the league finals in 4 straight seasons (QMJHL 2010-2012, AHL 2013)...Was the youngest player on the 2014 Slovakian Olympic Team.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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