Meet David Ayres, the Hurricanes' emergency goalie. He is a Zamboni driver who will practice with Maple Leafs


Saturday night brought a moment everyone in the hockey world — except the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans — could rally around: an emergency goalie victory.

After Carolina goalies James Reimer and Petr Mrazek left because of injuries, the Hurricanes were forced to turn to 42-year-old David Ayres, who was watching the game at Scotiabank Arena with his wife. (Home teams are required to have an emergency goalie on-call who is available to either team.)

Ayres entered in the middle of the second period after Mrazek went down. Even though he allowed two goals on the first two shots against, Ayres made the next eight stops to preserve the 6-3 win. 

He got paid $500 per a try-out agreement contract and was allowed to keep his jersey.

But that’s just one part of this feel-good story.

Here are some other things to know about Ayres, who was born in Whitby, Ontario.

He works for the Maple Leafs organization

Ayres is a Zamboni driver for the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League team, the Toronto Marlies. According to FOX Sports Carolinas, he is also a…

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