David Ayres

David Ayres

Keynote Speaker: Canadian Hockey Player; Best Known for Filling in as Emergency Goalkeeper for the Carolina Hurricanes

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David Ayres Biography

David Ayres is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender and the operations manager at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Ayres is best known for playing in a NHL game on February 22, 2020, for the Carolina Hurricanes as an emergency backup goaltender, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6–3, and becoming the first emergency goaltender to record a win in NHL history.

On February 22, both of the Carolina Hurricanes' goaltenders, James Reimer and Petr Mrázek, were injured during a game against the Maple Leafs. Ayres entered the game during the second period as the emergency backup goaltender, after signing a one-game contract with the NHL. Donning Kasimir Kaskisuo's old Toronto Marlies helmet and pads, and wearing a Maple Leafs t-shirt under his equipment, he entered the game at 8:41 left in the 2nd period with a 3–1 lead. He allowed goals on the first two shots that he faced before stopping the next eight shots on goal, along with recording one shot on goal, to help seal a 6–3 win for Carolina. He became the first emergency backup to enter a game in the NHL since Scott Foster in 2018. The Carolina Hurricanes sprayed water after the game on Ayres with the water bottles in the locker room. Ayres also became the oldest goaltender (at 42 years, 194 days) to win his NHL regular-season debut, and for this, the Hockey Hall of Fame has given his game-used goalie stick.

Ayres was named first star of the game and kept his game-worn jersey and game puck. Had he signed a Professional Try-Out Agreement he would have been paid $500 for the game, but Ayres said after the game that under the terms of his contract he was not paid. Reimer also gave him an autographed goalie stick, and Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina's coach, gave Ayres an autographed bottle of wine. His debut occurred on the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. Carolina Hurricanes' forward Sebastian Aho stated teammates pooled together and gave Ayres a little bit of money.

Following the game, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they would be selling t-shirts with Ayres' name and jersey number 90, with royalties going to Ayres and a portion of the proceeds being donated to a kidney foundation of Ayres' choice. Ayres survived a kidney transplant - which originally ended his dream of being a professional player - and also had a struggle with cancer.

Ayres was invited to sound the siren at the start of the Carolina Hurricanes home game, on February 25. While in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper declared Ayres, a Canadian citizen, an honorary citizen of the state of North Carolina, and Raleigh honored him by naming February 25, 2020 "David Ayres Day" in the City of Raleigh. His miraculous victory is being made into a movie with the help of Disney.

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David Ayres Videos

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David Ayres goes on a media tour in NYC after win

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How much does it cost to book David Ayres?

Booking fees for David Ayres, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Ayres, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for David Ayres?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Ayres for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Ayres for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Ayres or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Ayres or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


David Ayres is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Hockey, Motivational and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Ayres for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. David Ayres can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig and JJ Birden. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Ayres for an upcoming event.

David Ayres Videos

David Ayers teams with Humboldt Broncos father to promote organ donation
42-Year Old Zamboni Driver David Ayres Takes Centre Stage
David Ayres goes on a media tour in NYC after win
Canes emergency goalie David Ayers speaks with media

How to book David Ayres?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Ayres for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David Ayres, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Ayres or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book David Ayres?

Booking fees for David Ayres, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Ayres, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for David Ayres?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Ayres for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Ayres for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Ayres or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Ayres or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


David Ayres is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Hockey, Motivational and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Ayres for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. David Ayres can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig and JJ Birden. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Ayres for an upcoming event.

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