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Ayres in Net for Canes vs. Maple Leafs in NHL 20

Simulation to feature Dave Ayres as Canes' goaltender

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The legend of Dave Ayres continues to grow.

Ayres made history as an emergency back-up goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes when he made eight saves and recorded the victory in his National Hockey League debut on Feb. 22 in Toronto.

Video: Rod Brind'Amour's post game locker room speech.

Ayres will make a triumphant, non-emergency return to the crease when the Canes virtually host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, March 26.

Ayres' digital representation, still sporting his blue and white equipment set and the No. 90, will get the start in net for the Canes in a computer simulated game of NHL 20, which will be live streamed on multiple social media platforms.

He's already become one of hockey's biggest stories this season. What's next in the legend of Dave Ayres? Will the Leafs avenge their loss to a goaltender they regularly face in practice? Or will Ayres once again stand tall for the Canes and come away with his second career W?


Date & Time: Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. ET

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