Edmonton, AB (December 31, 2011) – Campbell River, BC's Barry Kazimer has three extra reasons to celebrate this New Year's Eve, as the 48-year old retired military veteran and his family took home a trio of all-new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles in TSN's sixth annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout.
The event aired live nationally on TSN and TSN Mobile TV during the first intermission of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP round-robin game featuring Canada vs. USA.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be a part of something like the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout, much less step on the ice at a World Juniors game and have the opportunity to win cars and $1 million," said Kazimer. "To go home with three cars just really caps off what has been an incredible three days in Edmonton and to be able to share this experience with my family makes the trip even more special."
Kazimer and his two shooters – cousin Stew Patterson and brother-in-law Ken Bilski – each had 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks into an open net from centre ice. Kazimer and Patterson's combined 16 goals scored were enough for the trio to win three all-new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles.*
Immediately after winning the cars, Kazimer moved back to the far blue line and had the chance to win $1 million in a one-time payout by shooting at least 15 out of 20 pucks into an open net in 24 seconds or less. Kazimer scored 11 goals into the open net, falling just four goals short of the $1 million prize.
"The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range is a revolutionary vehicle and we're thrilled to welcome Barry, Stew and Ken to the Volt team," said Marc Comeau, Vice-President, Sales, Service and Marketing for General Motors of Canada. "With the Volt, Barry will be able to eliminate gasoline from his daily commute while having the flexibility to go further, something no other electrified vehicle can provide."
Kazimer was randomly chosen from more than 26 million total online entries. As part of the promotion, Kazimer had the chance to hone his wrist shot in a special one-hour practice with Hall of Fame defenceman and Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador, Bobby Orr, at Rexall Place yesterday.
Born in Comox, BC and raised in Ottawa, ON, Kazimer is a retired master corporal with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Kazimer stays active by skiing and playing squash, baseball and tennis, but he considers hockey to be his favourite sport and Sidney Crosby his favourite athlete.