Ex-NHL Player Scores Hole-In-One, Wins $1 Million

Former NHL player Joe Sakic has had his share of wins. He helped the Colorado Avalanche to win two Stanley Cups, he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2001 and he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year. Now he has something else to brag about – his golfing skills.

The athlete chose a good place to make a hole-in-one – the TV event broadcasted by NBC Sports, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. The tournament held at Lake Tahoe has a purse of $ 1 million.

Any celebrity making an ace in this tournament received $1 million from the Championship sponsor American Century for the last three years. However, Sakic received just half the money. The other half went to charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

The winner did not believe his eyes when he hit the ace. When he got the happy news, he high-fived his partners, ex-NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and former high-profile pitcher Greg Maddux, and welcomed his supporters on the way to the green.

Sakic used an 8-iron to hit the 167-yard shot along the shore of Lake Tahoe with dozens of yachts anchored in this photogenic bay to watch the tournament.

This is the fourth ace in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship’s 22-year history.