Forty-seven-year-old farmer Rod Tichon of Andrew, AB, has the chance to become an instant millionaire tomorrow night, as he takes to the ice in TSN's fourth annual, international award-winning contest, the Chevrolet Equinox Million Dollar Shootout. The contest will air live nationally on TSN on New Year's Eve (December 31) during the first intermission of the 2010 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP round-robin game featuring Canada vs. USA, (game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET).
Rod will have 24 seconds to shoot 20 pucks into an open net from the far blue line. If he scores 15 or more goals within the allotted time, he will be eligible to win $1 million in a one-time payout.
Earlier today, Rod honed his wrist shot in a special one-hour practice session. In multiple attempts from the far blue line, Rod's best results were 17 and 15 goals – both of which would be enough for him to take home the $1 million prize tomorrow night.
As part of tomorrow's contest, Rod will also have the chance to win up to four all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Crossovers for himself, his two shooters – his brother, John Tichon, and his nephew, Lee Tichon – and one randomly selected World Juniors game attendee.
Depending on the amount of total goals scored as a group, prizes will be awarded as follows:
5-9 goals – Rod wins a new Chevrolet Equinox Crossover and a $1,500 ESSO gift card
10-14 goals – Rod, John and Lee each win a new Chevrolet Equinox Crossover and a $1,500 ESSO gift card
15 goals or more – Rod, John, Lee and one randomly chosen IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP game attendee all win a new Chevrolet Equinox Crossover, for a total of four vehicles given away and a $1,500 ESSO gift card
Born and raised in Andrew, AB – a village of less than 500 people located approximately 120 km northeast of Edmonton – Rod played hockey growing up and is an emphatic supporter of the Edmonton Oilers. Aside from hockey Rod enjoys watching football and curling. A 47-year-old hay and cattle farmer, Rod stands 6'0'' tall and weighs in at 210 lbs. Rod was randomly chosen from more than 10 million online entries.