Marlies’ Garret Sparks voted AHL’s most outstanding goalie

Toronto Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks. (Andrew Krech/CP)

Toronto Marlies goalie Garret Sparks was awarded the 2017-18 Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender, the team announced Wednesday.

The award is voted on by players, coaches and media members.

The 24-year-old finished the regular season with a 30-9-1-1 record and six shutouts, and his 1.81 goals-against average and .936 save percentage through 42 regular season AHL games led the league in both categories and earned him a First Team AHL All-Star nod.

Sparks has been particularly strong in the 2018 calendar year, going 19-3-2 since Dec. 31, being named goaltender of the month in January and helping the Marlies win the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s regular-season champions.

In 120 career AHL games with the Marlies, Sparks has registered a 2.13 GAA, .927 save percentage, and 79-28-5 overall record since being drafted 190th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2011. He has also suited up for 17 NHL games, all in 2015-16, with a 3.02 GAA and .893 save percentage.

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