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Florida Panthers captain Sasha Barkov and Finnish broadcaster Antti Mäkinen take a break from hitting the links to take a photo at their charity golf tournament in Finland. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

Sasha Barkov and Patrik Laine teamed up once again this past weekend at a golf course in their native Finland to raise a lot of money in their third annual charity golf tournament.

In speaking with Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com, Barkov relayed that after raising more than $100,000 for the Tampere Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, this year’s event raised over $160,000.

The Laine & Barkov Charity Golf Tournament is now in its third year.

“It’s getting bigger all the time,” Barkov told Olive. “The first time, we didn’t really know if it would last. You just lived in the moment. Now, it’s becoming a tradition, not just for us but for the people who come to it. It does good things for the community in Finland and tries to help the people.”

As for the charity, Barkov said “it’s to help people to play the sports they really like, but they’re not able to afford it.It’s a really big thing here in Finland to help people play the sports they like. Not everyone can afford it, so that’s why we’re here trying to raise some money for that. We want to help fulfill their dreams and maybe even their goals for life. We’re really enjoying that part.”

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The golf tournament is one of the final big events Barkov has committed to in Finland as he is expected to be back in South Florida in the coming weeks.

When he returns, focus will turn toward the new long-term extension his agent Todd Diamond and Florida GM Bill Zito have been working on this summer.

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