Former Bruin Stan Jonathan Involved in Hunting Death
Former Bruin Stan Jonathan has been charged with the accidental shooting of a Hamilton, Ontario man while hunting on the Six Nations Reserve this past Sunday the 11th.
Per The Toronto Sun: “Police said Peter Kosid, who was bow-hunting with permission on an acquaintance’s land, was shot in the back by a bullet fired from about 375 metres away. Jonathan was hunting deer and was not with, or known to, Kosid, a father and avid outdoorsman.”
Following the incident an extremely remorseful Jonathan, now 57, was released on a publication bail and will be required in court on December 14th. Despite being considered an accident, Jonathan faces a charge of criminal negligence which carries a minimum sentence of 4 years if a firearm is involved.
Though his release was based on the evidence provided that it was a mistake, the family of Peter Kosid visited the site of the crime. Brad Kosid, the brother of the victim had this to say to TheSpec.com: “I stood right where he died; my family stood where (the hunter) stood. I don’t understand how he could have seen anything other than a man,”.
Jonathan has refused to comment since the accident and will likely remain out of the public eye until his court hearing in about a month. The former NHLer’s family has sent out well wishes to the Kosid family during this difficult time. Sabina Marrone, the mother of Kosid’s 8 month old daughter told the Hamilton Spectator that Jonathan had “a careless shot” and “deserves to spend time in jail.“.
Stan Jonathan was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He played a big part of the Bruins’ “Lunch Pail Gang” era and played eight seasons with the black and gold scoring 91 goals, 107 assists, and a plus 58. He finished his NHL career in Pittsburgh after only playing 18 games for the Penguins and recording 3 assists and a minus 8. Jonathan was a fierce competitor and an embodiment of the “Big Bad Bruins” style. Our hearts go out to both the victims of family and that of Jonathan’s at this time.
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