David Ayres is making the absolute most of his 15 minutes of fame. The AHL Zamboni driver turned NHL goalie has been on an absolute media whirlwind in the 48 hours since he earned a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ayres, of course, was called upon to act as the emergency goalie after Hurricanes net minders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek both went down with injury. Ayres looked shaky to begin, as you can imagine, but shut the door in the 3rd period and became the first NHL emergency backup to earn himself a win. It was a historic feat and one that has generated a TON of incredible moments.
Here’s just a sampling on Ayres’ Sunday and Monday media requests:
Last night though, Ayres was pressed back into emergency action again after Late Show host Stephen Colbert “injured” his hamstring during his opening monologue. Ayres, ever the professional, hopped in and didn’t miss a beat.
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Priceless. Eat it up, David. Enjoy every moment of this. If only because this might be the last time that us as hockey fans get to witness such a historic event. According to Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney, the league’s emergency backup goalie (EBUG) policy will likely be under review when NHL GM’s gather for their upcoming meetings.
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That’s a damn shame… probably Kyle Dubas spearheading this campaign…