Zamboni Goalie David Ayres Not Interested In Tryouts with Other NHL Teams
Zamboni Goalie David Ayres Tryouts with Other NHL Teams? ... Not Interested!!!
2/24/2020 6:23 AM PT
Here he is ... David Ayres -- the Zamboni driver was called out of the stands to play goalie for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes team on Saturday ... and he's a rockstar!!!
The story is amazing ... the 42-year-old was sitting in the stands at the Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes game in Toronto when both of the 'Canes top two goalies suffered injuries and couldn't play.
So, the 'Canes called for the emergency backup (there's one in the stands at every game who could play for either team if the situation deems necessary) ... and he strapped on the pads and got in the game!
Ayres was rusty at first, letting in 2 quick goals -- but he stepped up and blocked several shots to close out the game ... helping the 'Canes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.
David Ayers, the 42 year old Zamboni driver, helps bring home the 6-3 win after getting the emergency call for the Canes (+140) @betthepucks— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) February 23, 2020 @barstoolbets
Now, the guy is turning into a superstar in front of our very eyes ... he hit up the "Today" show on Monday morning and on the way out, was stopped by fans for pics!
Ayres told TMZ Sports ... the fan reaction has been amazing -- with a bunch of his old coaches reaching out to give him props!
We asked if he would be chasing an NHL contract now that teams now he's legit -- but Ayres told us he completely happy staying as the emergency backup in Toronto.
Guessing at the very least he'll get some minor league offers in the near future -- so stay tuned on that!
As for compensation, Ayres was reportedly paid $500 for his appearance and allowed to keep his game-worn jersey.
FRAME THAT THING, BRO!