At 10 o’clock Monday morning, David Ayres said he was doing his sixth interview of the day.
A year after the fact, people still want to hear his story. They still want to hear about the night he put on his goalie gear in Toronto, went in net in an emergency and won an NHL game for the Carolina Hurricanes.
That the Canes beat the Maple Leafs that night, Feb. 22, 2020, is something Ayres is often reminded of in the Toronto area.
“Oh, yeah, like every day,” Ayres said Monday in an interview with the News & Observer. “Every single day. When people see me or message me they’ll say, ‘I hate you for beating the Leafs but the story was great.’”
And it was a great story. Ayres, then 42, was the emergency backup goalie at the game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Thrust into the game when Canes goalies James Reimer and then Petr Mrazek both were injured, he kept his emotions in check and held his poise as the Canes won 6-3.
DISNEY MOVIE IS PLANNED
Ayres said a Disney movie based on his story is in the works, although no title has been chosen. It’s a story, he said, to which people can relate: An average Joe suddenly in the spotlight and unexpectedly getting the opportunity of a lifetime.
One thing is for sure: He has had more than 15 minutes of fame. In June, NHL.com had fans vote on the “Greatest Moment of the NHL season … So Far” and Ayres got more than 80% of the vote.