Oskar Lindbolm, Bobby Ryan and David Ayers; the best feel good stories of the paused NHL season.

Before the NHL had to pause the season the year had been filled with great stories. There were stories of poetic justice, injury comebacks, battles for rookie of the year, battles to be called the best team in Alberta, and more. The NHL was filled with feel good stories. Yet the best ones involved an AHL zamboni driver, substance abuse, and a cancer diagnosis. They’re all seperate stories, and the last two sound a little dark. But as Samwise Gamgee said best, “it’s only a passing thing this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.” The stories with darkness end up shining all the brightest in the end. Hopefully the same with these.

Zamboni Driver plays Emergency Goalie, and Wins

February 22, 2020 a day that will live in infamy for the Toronto Maple Leaves and celebrated everywhere by the Carolina Hurricanes.

19,369 days since a Cup. 79 days since losing to an AHL Zamboni driver.#LeafsForever — Since Leafs Last Cup (@LeafsIastCup) May 12, 2020

David Ayers is the AHL zamboni driver, in the Leafs defense he’s not technically a zamboni driver. He was a buildings operator for the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and would “occasionally” operate an ice resurfacing machine. He did also serve as the Marlies backup goaltender and played in the Allan Cup Hockey League in 2016 where he had a .777 save percentage and an 0-8 record. You would say thats a bit iffy at best. So the Leafs writes this guys checks and he does drive zambonis. Thats if you believe wikipedia. Which you should its pretty credible at this point.