Garret Sparks and the Burden of Constant Opportunity

The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Garret Sparks in the seventh-round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 191st overall. That was seven years ago. 84 months; 447 weeks; 3,131 days.
And though it may not feel like it, that is a long, long time.
In June 2011, Barack Obama was in his first term as President of the United States, beginning to only lay the groundwork for his eventual re-election bid the following year. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two”, meanwhile, dominated the domestic and international box offices, tying a final bow around a beloved film and book series that, now over a half-decade later, many people still will not shut up about. On the music side of things, Gotye’s smash-hit breakup single, “Somebody That I Used to Know”, would drop in roughly two weeks and stand atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts for nearly a calendar year before the Australian artist would vanish entirely from the public eye and ultimately fulfil its prophecy.
I was 16-years-old.
The world has changed a lot since 2011. Namely, Garret Sparks was a member of the Maple Leafs then, and now he is not. The 26-year-old’s tenure in Toronto abruptly concluded last week by way of trade, …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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