TORONTO - Darwin Head, a 35-year-old Saskatchewan sawmill worker, will shoot for $1 million in TSN's Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout Contest.
The five-foot-nine, 215-pound Prince Albert resident will try to score 15 goals in 24 seconds while shooting from the far blue-line during the first intermission of the Colorado-Vancouver NHL game on Feb. 27.
"I grew up watching and playing hockey," says Head. "I have so many heroes who played the game, I just hope I can score like them when it's all on the line.
"This is all so exciting. I've had a few sleepless nights since I learned I'd be shooting for the million."
Head, a sawyer at Carrier Forest Products Ltd. in Prince Albert, was randomly chosen from 8.6 million online entries.
Head, cousin Lance Badger and friend Randy Bout will each will have 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks at an open net from centre ice. Head wins a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid if they score five goals, all three get a hybrid if they get 10 goals, and the three shooters and one fan attending the game at General Motors Place will each get a car if 15 pucks go in.
Head will then move back to the far blue-line where he will have 24 seconds to shoot 20 pucks into an open net. If Head scores 15 or more goals within the allotted time, he will win $1 million in a one-time payout.
Head, Badger and Bout will hone their wrist shots a day prior to the shootout in a one-hour practice session with Bobby Orr, the Hall of Fame defenceman who is Chevrolet's hockey ambassador.
Head grew up at Mistawasis First Nation reserve west of Prince Albert. He started playing hockey at age 10 and continued playing recreationally until he was 25. He and his wife, Criste, have three children.
In December 2006, 29-year old registered nurse Jason Hall of London, Ont., won new Chevy Silverado trucks for himself and four fans as part of the first Million Dollar Shootout. He was one goal short of the required 15 to win $1 million.