GAME HIGHS: Goals: 1 / Assists: 1 / Points: 2 ... HAT TRICKS: 0 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 2
CAREER: First teenager to make DET's sesaon-opening lineup since Mike Sillinger in 1990-91 and first to appear on roster since 2003-04 (Jiri Hudler)...2015 Big Ten Rookie of the Year and First All-Star Team...Played for United States at 2015 WJC (led team in goals) and WC (won bronze medal).
2015-16: Set franchise rookie record with points in 5 straight games to start season...Logged two points (1-1-2) in his NHL debut on 10/9 vs. TOR and led DET with six shots on goal.
2014-15: Led NCAA freshman with 47 points (15-32-47) at University of Michigan...Picked up seven points (5-2-7) in five games at WJC with United States...One-of-three teenagers on USA at WC, winning a bronze medal...Joined AHL Grand Rapids for postseason run and contributed five points (3-2-5) in six games.
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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