Campbell River’s Barry Kazimer has just over a week to shoot for $1 million at the World Junior Hockey Championship game between Canada and the U.S. on Dec. 31.

Barry to shoot for a million

It could be a New Year’s Eve to remember for Barry Kazimer of Campbell River

It could be a New Year’s Eve to remember for Barry Kazimer of Campbell River as the retired military veteran has the opportunity to walk away $1 million richer in TSN’s sixth annual, international million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout.

As part of the contest, Kazimer also has the chance to win up to three all-new 2012 Chevrolet Volts.

The big event airs live nationally on Dec. 31 during the first intermission of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship  broadcast featuring a classic cross-border match-up with Canada vs. USA (game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN).  Fans can also take in the event on TSN Mobile TV.

Born in Comox and raised in Ottaw, 48-year old 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.  With just over a week to go until the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout, Kazimer plans to put in ample time at the rink preparing for the event with the Campbell River Storm Junior B team.  He is looking forward to having his family and friends with him in Edmonton when he heads to the ice to shoot for a million.

“Growing up, I played road hockey and shot pucks on backyard rinks, so stepping on the ice in front of thousands of people at the World Juniors is a little different from what I’m used to,” said Kazimer.

As the selected participant, Kazimer receives a trip to Edmonton for himself and five friends.  On Dec. 31, Kazimer and his two shooters – cousin Stew Patterson and brother-in-law Ken Bilski – head to centre ice during the first intermission, where they each have 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks at an open net (30 pucks in total).

Depending on the number of total goals scored as a group, prizes are awarded as follows:

l 5-9 goals – Kazimer wins a new 2012 Chevrolet Volt

l 10 goals or more – Kazimer, Patterson and Bilski each win a new 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Immediately following the group shots at centre ice, Kazimer moves back to the far blue line where he has 24 seconds to shoot 20 pucks into an open net.  If Kazimer scores 15 or more goals within the allotted time, he is eligible to win $1 million in a one-time payout.

Kazimer was randomly selected from more than 26 million total online entries – a new record for the contest.