Ex-NHLer sparks outrage after posting photos of grizzly bear he killed

Sep 18 2018, 5:16 pm

An ex-NHL hockey player is in hot water with many fans online, after posting photos from a recent hunting trip in the Yukon.

Tim Brent, a veteran of 207 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Carolina Hurricanes was big game hunting.

Clearly an avid hunter, the 34-year-old native of Cambridge, Ontario either didn’t know or didn’t care about the backlash he’d receive.

There’s an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 grizzlies living in the Yukon. I won’t get into the complex laws governing hunting in the territory, but it is possible to kill a grizzly bear legally there, and there’s no indication that Brent broke any laws. He also appears to keep the meat, rather than merely hunting for sport.

But for many, hunting is not a question of legality, it’s one of morality.

Brent wasn’t shy about sharing photos from his trip, including another one of his conquests:

This story will remind many of another hockey player – David Booth – who was criticized harshly for bear-baiting while a member of the Vancouver Canucks in 2012.

Like Booth, Brent doesn’t seem to care about what other people think of him, telling one Twitter user: “If they don’t like me because I am a hunter, I would have never been worried about them liking me in the first place.”

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