NHL general managers met in Boca Raton, FL, on Monday to discuss problems facing the league. One issue that would be brought up, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, was the protocol behind emergency goaltenders. Recently, David Ayres, a zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, suited up for the Carolina Hurricanes and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs after Carolina lost both of their goaltenders due to injury. Ayres’ story became a heartwarming headline nationally (minus Steve Dangle) as his NHL dream was realized.
Daly said altering the emergency goaltender protocol was something that the NHL has “given some consideration to over the years. As recently as last year, we discussed [it] with the general managers. It happens very, very rarely, but when it happens, it obviously raises everybody’s attention to the issue and whether there are fixes that need to be made to that particular issue.”
On Monday, however, GMs announced that there would be no change to the rule. CBC reported the news.