Ayres enjoys new fame after earning win as emergency goalie

Ayres enjoys new fame after earning win as emergency goalie
Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres, right, comes out of his net to play the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second-period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Ayres, who serves as the Toronto Marlies’ ice resurfacer driver, replaced Petr Mrazek in-net after a delay in action. (Source: Frank Gunn AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - David Ayres is still adjusting to new-found stardom after winning a game as the emergency goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 42-year-old Zamboni driver and kidney-transplant recipient helped the Hurricanes win at Toronto over the weekend. That came after Carolina lost its top two goalies to injury.

Ayres is in Raleigh on Tuesday to sound the team’s pregame siren before Carolina’s game against Dallas.

The day had included the Raleigh mayor and North Carolina governor bestowing ceremonial honors on Ayres.

He has also made numerous radio and TV appearances, including on the “Today” show and Stephen Colbert’s late-night TV show.

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