Emergency goalie David Ayres coming to Saskatoon

An emergency NHL goaltender who made headlines across the country after backstopping the Carolina Hurricanes to a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs is coming to Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon Blades said David Ayres will be at their game on March 6 when they take on the Regina Pats.

Ayres was called into duty on Feb. 22 after the Canes lost netminders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek to injury.

That forced Ayres — a 42-year-old ex-junior goalie and a Zamboni driver for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, available to both teams — into action.

He let in the first two shots he faced before stopping the next eight that came his way to pick up the win — and first-star honours.

The Blades said they are bringing Ayres to Saskatoon as part of WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation.

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