After both of Carolina’s goalies left injured in the first period and a half, emergency netminder David Ayres — who serves as the Toronto Marlies’ zamboni driver — was forced into action. Seeing his first competitive minutes since 2015 when he was a member of the Allan Cup Hockey League’s Norwood Vipers, the 42-year-old surrendered two goals on his first two shots.
Ayres settled in from there and backstopped Carolina to a shocking 6-3 victory and earned first star honours for his effort.
As expected, social media erupted over the oddity. Here’s some of the best reaction.