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Former Avalanche captain Joe Sakic sinks $1 million hole-in-one at charity golf tournament (with video)

Jul 17, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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It must be great to be Joe Sakic.

He’s a hero in Denver for helping lead the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cups, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 2001, he’s destined to be a Hall Of Famer next year when he’s eligible for the first time, and now he’s got some golf swagger added to his résumé with a special twist.

Sakic was participating in this weekend’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe when he teed it up at the par-3, 167 yard 17th hole where he then proceeded to sink a hole-in-one that not only got him some extra bragging rights as a golfer, but helped him win $1 million at the charity event.

To help you golfers out there feel bad about your own games, Sakic used an 8-iron to sink the shot.

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Sakic is so smooth he didn’t even know it went in right away. High-fiving the gallery after knowing it was in is a nice touch. While Sakic gets to take home $500,000 for the shot, the other half-million goes to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation for cancer research.

Sakic spoke about the amazing shot afterwards with NBC’s Jimmy Roberts.

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Hockey players and golf are about as natural a pairing as it gets in sports and to see Sakic use a fair amount of skill and luck is no surprise either. It’s easy to see why Avs fans call him “Super Joe” now.

  1. polegojim - Jul 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Great shot Joe

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