Top 15 NHLers Who Are Great Golfers

It’s no secret that professional athletes enjoy playing a lot of golf during the time they have away from their sports career. When those careers finally end with retirement, many of these athletes are happy to head to the links on an almost daily basis. While golf is appealing to current and former pros for a variety of reasons, it is not always the case that the athletic skills they possess easily translate to the game of golf.

In fact, there are many former athletes who have devoted a great deal of time to working on their golf game but still struggle to enjoy even a modest level of success on the links. Charles Barkley’s devastatingly bad swing is a prime example of this, and even some of the best swing coaches in the game have been unable to offer poor Sir Charles any helpful advice. For hockey players, however, this does not seem to be the case. When a hockey player picks up a set of golf clubs they often experience a great deal of familiarity, especially as it relates to the swing mechanics required to make a golf ball travel a long distance down the fairway.

Most hockey players agree that golf is a natural sport for them to play. The weight transfer used to shoot a puck is quite similar to the weight transfer used in hitting a golf ball, and the setup is fairly similar with the swing’s force being directed at either a puck or a golf ball located at their feet. The swing plane is nearly identical, and hockey players have spent years upon years in training on the ice to learn how subtle changes in their swing plane can alter the flight of the puck following impact. For some of the following 15 NHLers, golf is a sport they are so good at that an eventual pro career on the links is not necessarily out of the question.

15 Alex Ovechkin

14 Teemu Selanne

13 Mike Cammalleri


12 Brenden Morrow

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11 Daniel Alfredsson


10 Joe Sakic

9 Mike Modano


8 Mario Lemieux


7 John-Michael Liles

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6 Jamie Langenbrunner


5 Marc Savard


4 Brett Hull


3 Jeremy Roenick


2 Grant Fuhr


1 Dan Quinn

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Quinn is perhaps as well known for his golf career as he is for his NHL career, as the 14-year veteran of the NHL has become a regular winner of the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic. A five-time champion at the event, Quinn has also caddied for pro golfers John Daly and Ernie Els. Quinn, who once racked up 94 points in a single season while playing with Mario Lemieux, has carried Els’ bag at several major tournaments, including the Masters Championship held at Augusta National. Of course, Quinn is a talented golfer in his own right, having carried an obscene handicap of plus-2.1.

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