Hurricanes Honor Emergency Goalie Ayres With New Merchandise
The Hurricanes are "selling shirts" bearing the name and number of David Ayres, who played as the emergency backup goalie in a Saturday win against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, according to the CP. Ayres, who also serves as the AHL Toronto Marlies' Zamboni driver, will receive some of the royalties for the shirts, which were selling for $28 on the team website. A "portion of the proceeds are earmarked for a kidney research foundation." Ayres underwent a kidney transplant in '04. Meanwhile, Ayres will be "making rounds" today on talk shows, including appearances on NBC's "Today" show, "Fox and Friends" and "CNN World Sport." The Hurricanes also announced that Ayres "will attend" the team's home game tomorrow night against the Stars (CP, 2/23). Meanwhile, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin officially declared tomorrow “David Ayres Day” in the city (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 2/24). Ayres this morning said the team "came to me with this T-shirt idea and they just asked me, ‘What do you want to do with the proceeds?’" Ayres: "I said, ‘If there's a kidney foundation in the Carolina area, Raleigh area, can we find a way to give to them?’” ("Today," NBC, 2/24).