Dave Ayres, 42, emergency goaltender and Zamboni driver gets win in NHL debut
Carolina summoned the emergency backup goalie in the second phase of a 6-1 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after both Hurricanes goaltenders Petr Mrazek and James Reimer went down to accidents.
Before stopping ayres gave up two goals on three shots in the period. The Hurricanes won 6-3.
Ayres became the earliest goaltender (42 decades, 194 days) in league history to win with his regular-season debut.
“It was amazing,” Ayres said after the game. “Obviously time of my life out there. I have been with this particular ice several times with fans, place fans in the mix it’s a whole different game obviously, however, hey once in a life, I will take it”
“These men were amazing,” he said. “Actually the spot that settled me down, a number of those guys (Erik Haula) said to me,’Just have fun. If you allow 10 goals in we don’t care.’ That settled down me and it was good.”
The moment was explained by ayres. “Really I got a lot of text messages which said,’Get in there,’ and someone came into the room and enjoy,’Hey, you’d better get dressedhey, you’re heading on the market. I was a little shocked, but loving it”
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted,”I’m prepared to make emergency goaltender and Zamboni driver David Ayres an honorary North Carolina citizen after courageous @Canes triumph. Amazing.”
Ayres, who needed a kidney transplant and had two bouts of skin cancer, according to Sportsnet, ” is a Zamboni driver to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The Hurricanes said that Ayres last served as a emergency backup goalie on February 1.