Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres leads team to victory vs. Maple Leafs

Thomas WilliamsHockey writer
Yahoo Sports Canada
David Ayres, a hero in Carolina. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
David Ayres, a hero in Carolina. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

David Ayres just became an immortal hero for the Carolina Hurricanes.

During Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek left the game after a thunderous collision with forward Kyle Clifford in the second period.

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As both raced towards a loose puck in the Hurricanes’ end, Clifford reached in for it and struck Mrazek, sending him hard to the ice.

Mrazek left the game under his own power, but with starter James Reimer already making way for the backup in the first intermission, Carolina had to turn to an emergency backup for the rest of the game.

Enter 42-year-old David Ayres, the Zamboni driver for the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies to immediately deal with a two-goal lead. After a goal from Sebastian Aho to secure a three-goal difference, Toronto came back and fired two quick goals to make a comeback realistic.

Unfortunately for Toronto, the Maple Leafs suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Ayres and his new Hurricanes teammates.

A goaltender that is scheduled to practice with the Maple Leafs on Sunday and was wearing a Toronto shirt underneath his Hurricanes jersey while on the ice, was able to hand them a defeat in their own building.

The Maple Leafs were only able to muster 10 total shots over the 28 minutes that Ayres faced them. Even with the Hurricanes locking down their defence, Toronto was hopeless against their own employee.

An outrageous story with hilarious reactions, this game was one for the record books.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to their own Zamboni driver.

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