Zamboni driver who played backup goalie for Hurricanes heading to North Carolina for game

The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t done with David Ayres just yet.

Ayres, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, was forced to be Carolina’s emergency goalie for its road game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ayers, of Whitby, Ont., stopped eight of 10 shots he faced in his NHL debut, helping the Hurricanes capture a 6-3 victory.

Afterward, he was named the game’s first star. Ayres came into the game in the second period after injuries to regular netminders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek.

On Sunday, the Hurricanes announced Ayres will attend their home game Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.

“See you Tuesday, Davey!” the club said on its Twitter account. “Ayres will be in the building on Tuesday and will be our VectorSecurity Siren Sounder!”

For Ayres, it’s another opportunity for him to hang out with his new teammates.

“They’re flying me down to Carolina for their game on Tuesday so I’ll get to spend more time with the guys, which is good,” he told reporters in Toronto on Sunday. “They’re a great team, great organization.”

After the win over Toronto, the Hurricanes posted a video of Ayres being showered by Carolina players with water when he came into the team’s locker room. Head coach Rod Brind’Amour praised both Ayres and his team for their efforts.

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