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Hurricanes celebrate anniversary of David Ayres game

Without being able to host most famous EBUG in history, team takes to social media

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

One year ago, a legend was born.

On February 22, 2020, David Ayres walked in off the street and into the crease to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ayres was the Emergency Backup Goalie that night in Toronto and stopped eight of 10 shots to help the Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory.

Tweet from @Canes: A year later and Rod's speech still gives us goosebumps pic.twitter.com/JpP1cwXLxr

On Monday, leading up to their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team honored Ayres' moment in history on the broadcast and on social media.

Tweet from @Canes: A legend was born a year ago today 🐐 pic.twitter.com/YW9XLOh6Vm

Tweet from @Canes: It's the legend himself!#LetsGoCanes pic.twitter.com/dDTds53VFd

They even celebrated with some customized downloadable Ayres wallpaper.

Tweet from @Canes: Bless your phone with these wallpapers of No. 90 pic.twitter.com/BaXxwKpqGZ

Ayres, who lives in Toronto, could not attend the game in Raleigh, obviously. But he still remains an unforgettable part of team history.

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