Jason Hall, a registered nurse with a hockey background, just missed out on winning the $1-million top prize in the Chevy Silverado Million Dollar Shootout contest in the first intermission of the Vancouver Canucks-Calgary Flames NHL game at GM Place. "It was unbelievable," Hall said after nearly cashing in. "I'm speechless, I can't even talk. "I got a little excited when I could hear the crowd counting."
Hall lined up at the far blue-line and had 20 seconds to try and fire 15 of 20 shots into an open net to win the top prize. Hall made it interesting, scoring on 14 shots.
"That's the way the puck bounces, I guess," Hall said. "I have nothing to be disappointed about after winning the five trucks."
Hall didn't go home empty-handed as he and four other individuals won new Chevy Silverado trucks.
In the earlier portion of the contest, Hall and friends Gord Cameron and Mason Ward shot from centre ice into an empty net to try and win the five trucks.
Hall, Cameron and Ward all had 15 seconds to take 10 shots, looking to score a combined 15 goals to earn themselves as well as fan Rick Swift of Maple Ridge, B.C., and on-line entrant Brent Hunniford of Woodstock, Ont., new trucks.
Ward opened by scoring on eight shots, with Ward following with six goals. Cameron ensured all five were winners by scoring on seven of his 10 shots.
"This was a great experience and will be good to tell my kids about one day," Hall said.
Hall, a native of North Bay, Ont., now living in London, was attempting to join Brian Diesbourg of Belle River, Ont., as a million-dollar winner of a Canadian sports skill contest.
Last year, Diesbourg booted a 50-yard field goal during halftime of a CFL game in Toronto as part of a $1-million promotional contest. However, his payout was spread over 40 years at $25,000 a year.
The six-foot-two, 220-pound Hall was randomly selected from more than three million entries for a chance to become an instant millionaire in the shootout. Hall's opportunity came less than a week after he became engaged to longtime girlfriend Julie Vallas.