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Hurricanes turn to Zamboni driver as emergency goalie

David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, served as the emergency goalie.
Credit: AP
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team's third goal of the game against Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres (90) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO, ON — The Carolina Hurricanes were forced to use an emergency goaltender against the Toronto Maple Leafs after both of their netminders left with injuries.

David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, served as the emergency goalie.

The 42-year-old Ayres was forced into action in Marlies gear and a Hurricanes jersey midway through the second period after Carolina's James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured.

The Hurricanes were leading 3-1 when Ayres took over.

North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper tweeted about the event saying, "I’m ready to make emergency goaltender and zamboni driver David Ayres an honorary North Carolina citizen after courageous Canes win. Amazing."

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