Goalkeeper David Ayres celebrated the first anniversary of his feat on Monday as he relieved Petr Mrazek and James Reimer for the Carolina Hurricanes to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The one who acted as a goalkeeper for the Maple Leafs and their school club, the Toronto Marlies, during practice, in addition to driving the game resurfacer, became known to all hockey fans when he faced shots from John Tavares, Auston Matthews and the rest of the Toronto squad for over 28 minutes of play.
He thus became the first emergency goaltender in National League history to earn a victory, after the Hurricanes had come out with a 6-3 count.
“After all this time and everything that’s been going on in the world, it still feels surreal to me,” Ayres told NHL.com. It’s a story straight out of a Hollywood script. I imagine Hollywood thinks the same, since I regularly consult with the folks at Disney who produce a movie based on this story. People are going to be able to get attached to it, since it is the story of an ordinary guy who gets his chance. It will be able to put a smile on people’s faces despite everything that is happening with COVID. ”
Since that famous evening, Ayres has been constantly hearing about her story. Whether at the supermarket, on social media or because of an interview, he is constantly reminded of his performance.
The 43-year-old can also recall this memory when he is at home, having arranged a space in his living room where he inserted a locker similar to those in a hockey locker room and he hung it. the equipment used on February 22, 2020, in addition to having a Hurricanes jersey covered by an array of signatures from fans of the Raleigh roster.
“It was one of the most defining events of my life and I wanted to pay tribute to it,” said Ayres.