It has been a whirlwind of a week for David Ayres, the 42-year-old backup goalie who achieved legend status after helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. The previous Zamboni driver has been on an insane media tour as his stick was accepted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In fact, the player has been so busy that he even revealed that he has left Doug Ford's phone calls hanging.
Ayers who visited Toronto’s Hockey Hall Of Fame on Friday to see his goalie stick be displayed, fielded questions from reporters about what he’s been up to since being launched into the spotlight on Saturday.
“Doug Ford called me," Ayers said after being asked if any celebrities had reached out to him.
"I haven’t had a chance to call him back yet, but he left me a message.”
A burst of laughter from the crowd could be heard from the group after the hometown hero explains that he let the Ontario premier's calls go to voicemail.
Ayers then goes on to explain that he has received phone calls from several other big names including, James Corden and Stephen Colbert.
The 42-year-old mentions that he and Corden talked for 20 minutes over lunch about his heroic goaltending performance against the Leafs.
28:41 of @NHL ice time to make a @Canes legend. Forever in the #HHOF collection. Going on display this Friday with… https://t.co/8bSD0uqnIf— Hockey Hall of Fame (@Hockey Hall of Fame)1582822954.0
Despite winning the game for the Hurricanes, Ayers had nothing but nice things to say about Toronto during the press conference.
“The Leafs are great. They have great players, great coach, great management, and I know them all pretty well.”
David Ayres’ stick is now on display in the Metropolitan Division showcase! #HHOF https://t.co/wKjpzb7i5A— Hockey Hall of Fame (@Hockey Hall of Fame)1582906531.0
He then humbly went on to claim that Carolina’s victory had little to do with him.
“I basically got lucky, and a few of them hit me, and I ended up winning.”
Ayres famously received a standing ovation from Toronto fans after stepping onto the ice on Saturday night.
However, he later added that he was concerned that the Leafs fanbase was merely celebrating the fact that him subbing in would give them a chance to score more goals.