VANCOUVER, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ - In just 24 seconds, 35-year old
Darwin Head went from being a sawmill worker to Canada's newest
millionaire, as the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, resident scored the $1
million grand prize tonight in TSN's second annual, international
award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar
Shootout. The event was televised live on TSN and TSN HD, Canada's leading
all-sports network, during the first intermission of the game broadcast
featuring Colorado Avalanche @ Vancouver Canucks.
Head scored 15 goals - the exact number needed - in 24 seconds into an
open net from the far blue line at General Motors Place to win $1 million
in a one-time payout. Prior to the shootout, Head and his two friends -
avid hockey player and cousin Lance Badger, and die-hard Canucks fan Randy
Bout - netted a combined 15 goals into an open net from centre ice, each
winning a totally new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. In addition, Ryan Gloag of
Surrey, British Columbia, also won a Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid as the
selected in-arena fan attending the game at General Motors Place, for a
total of four cars given away tonight.
"This is just unreal. I can't wait to have a huge party and celebrate
with my family and friends back home in Prince Albert," said Head. "And it
feels so great that my wife and I will be able to look after our kids'
futures with this money."
"Chevrolet is proud to be participating again in this year's Million
Dollar Shootout and is thrilled to award Darwin the Chevrolet Malibu
Hybrid, the 2008 North American Car of the Year," adds Jim Scott,
Advertising Manager for Chevrolet. "A winner driving away in an award
winner, how great is that?"
At 5'9" and 215 lbs., Head, a father of three and a sawyer at Carrier
Forest Products Ltd. in Prince Albert, was randomly chosen from 8.6 million
total online entries, far surpassing any previous contest or promotional
campaign on TSN. As part of the contest, Head also had the chance to hone
his wrist shot in a special one-hour practice session with Hall of Fame
defenceman and Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador Bobby Orr at General Motors
Place on Tuesday, one day prior to the shootout.
A lifetime Saskatchewanian, Head grew up on the Mistawasis First Nation
reserve, located approximately 45 minutes west of Prince Albert. He started
playing hockey at age 10 and continued playing recreationally until he was
25 years old. Head currently lives in Prince Albert with his wife Criste
and their three children.
TSN and Chevrolet are pleased to announce that the Million Dollar
Shootout contest will return for a third installment at the 2009 IIHF World
Junior Championship in Ottawa. Details to be announced this Fall.
In last year's inaugural Million Dollar Shootout contest, 29-year old
registered nurse Jason Hall of London, ON, walked away with five brand-new
2007 Next Generation Chevy Silverado trucks for himself and four lucky
hockey fans. Hall also had the chance to shoot for $1 million, but was just
one goal short of the required 15 to win the grand prize $1 million.
Satellite Feed Information
Footage of the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout is available
tonight from 12 midnight to 12:30 a.m. ET (9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT). The
coordinates are as follows:
- Anik F2, C-Band, Transponder 7B
- Downlink Frequency: 3980 Vertical
- Telesat # 215392
- Dome Distribution: 416-332-7066
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