Sparks to make NHL debut against Oilers
Former Storm netminder Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Sparks will be the third former Storm player to make his NHL debut this year following Robby Fabbri (St. Louis Blues) and Brock McGinn ( Carolina Hurricanes). Former defenceman Andrey Pedan was recalled by the Canucks last week, but didn’t dress.
Garret Sparks will become the 88th goaltender since 1926 to man the Toronto Maple Leafs’ crease on Monday night.
The 22-year-old native of Elmhurst, Illinois will backstop the Leafs against the Edmonton Oilers as starter James Reimer continues to battle a lower-body injury and Jonathan Bernier continues to struggle.
Bernier gave up four goals on 23 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in his first start since November 15. He fell to 0-8-1 on the year and has not won a game since last April.
Sparks played three seasons with the Storm from 2010-2013. He boasts an overall record of 71-48-9 and holds the franchise record for single season wins with 36. His 71 career wins places him third among all Storm goalies, two wins behind Mark McArthur on the all time list.