Carolina Hurricanes forced to use emergency goalie David Ayres after James Reimer, Petr Mrazek injuries

Injuries to both James Reimer and Petr Mrazek forced the Carolina Hurricanes to bring on emergency goaltender David Ayres in the second period of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple leafs. Reimer was hit with an injury late in the first period, and Mrazek was injured after Kyle Clifford decked him while going for a loose puck. Clifford was given a charging penalty on the play.

Here’s the moment that Ayres was brought on for his surprise duties.

According to the Hurricanes, Ayres last served as an emergency backup goalie on Feb. 1 for the team’s AHL minor league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, against the Toronto Marlies — the team Ayres works for as a Zamboni driver, per’s Mike Zeisberger.

Unfortunately for Carolina, Ayers’s professional debut got off to a less-than-ideal start after he gave up two goals to allow the Maple Leafs to cut into a three-goal deficit and make the game 4-3. The good news, however, is that eventually his efforts officially made an NHL stat sheet, with his first save coming after those two goals were allowed.

Whether or not Ayres gets paid for this depends on the kind of deal he gets after the fact. If the Hurricanes sign him to an amateur tryout agreement, he gets, as legendary Blackhawks EBUG Scott Foster once said, “Just beer league glory.” If he gets a Professional Try-Out Agreement, he gets $500, is allowed to keep the jersey with his name on it and is given the chance to try out for the team, per the CBA.

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