David Ayres continued to come on in relief Monday night during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The 42-year-old, made famous over the weekend for his emergency goaltending appearance with the Carolina Hurricanes, played the piano among other fun activities while on air with Colbert.
From Emergency Backup Goalie to @colbertlateshow sensation pic.twitter.com/LuCsmVpWqy
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 25, 2020
Ayres picked up the win in net for the Hurricanes over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena Saturday night in what seemed like an improbable feat. After all, his full-time job is as a Zamboni driver and building operations manager at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
His appearance on Colbert’s daily satirical program was one of many throughout the day on talk shows across North America, also making a guest spot on NBC, CNN, Sportsnet and more.
.@NHL goalie David Ayres is here at #LSSC tonight in case anyone needs a backup! pic.twitter.com/7hjEK2oUDD
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 25, 2020
Colbert joked that Ayres, a Whitby, Ont., native, parked his Zamboni in front of the Maple Leafs’ net to stop them from scoring. The host then pulled up limping and grabbed his hamstring, saying he didn’t think he could finish his opening monologue.
But don’t worry, Ayres came in to save the day.
“Don’t worry, Stephen. I got you!” said Ayres while running from behind Colbert in a Hurricanes jersey and ball cap.
He then sent the show to commercial before Colbert doused him with water.