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Former enforcer Stan Jonathan charged in hunting death

Nov 15, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

Stan Jonathan

Former Bruins tough guy Stan Jonathan is in a bit of trouble.

Jonathan has been charged with criminal negligence causing a death after a hunting accident on a native reservation in Ontario.

The victim in the case, Peter Kosid, was struck by a shot allegedly fired by Jonathan while he was bow hunting, according to Sun Media. Jonathan was not in the same hunting party as Kosid and reportedly shot him from about 375 meters away (over 1,200 feet). Kosid was in hunting camouflage according to the report.

Jonathan played eight seasons in the NHL and accumulated 751 penalty minutes in that time with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins (just 19 games there). Jonathan did also have two seasons with more than 20 goals as well as being a prolific fighter in the 1970s and 80s.

(Photo: Kahnawake News)

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM


  2. Metsys - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Where’s Dick Cheney when you need him?

  3. rodeoclowndc - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Waitaminute… 400 yards with a bow? I don’t think so.

    Either the story needs to be rewritten to clarify who got shot with what and how, or he’s got the Mother of All Bows. Compounds can’t even reach that far.

    • tridecagon - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Just read the article… the VICTIM was bowhunting. He was killed by gunfire. A bit of rewording is in order here.

    • sabatimus - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      The linked original article mentions the bullet that Jonathan fired. It doesn’t mention if Kosid was wearing fluorescent orange or merely the “hunting camouflage” as mentioned above. I honestly don’t know if the orange is a necessary part of the camouflage (because bright orange is decidedly NOT camouflage to whatever you’re hunting); could be a simple mistake by Jonathan.

  4. tridecagon - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Actually, the maximum range of engagement of the English longbow was about 400 yards. Of course, for that to make any sense in a hunting situation, the deer would have had to be up in a tree.

    • vshehane - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      And not to mention that you would have to be hunting with an English longbow, which is not very likely.

      • michiganhockey11 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        No kidding. Perhaps there were rifles or muzzle-loaders involved. Should have been wearing flourescent orange if they had firearms, period.

  5. thraiderskin - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    hunting accidents happen… Unless he was hunting antelope (on an open plain), I doubt Jonathon was shooting for a 375 yard kill. My guess, since niether author of the articles had the info to give us, is this would be the definition of an accident, one that could only have been avoided by one of the two parties not hunting at the same time. Also, what city or reservation (no matter the country) allows for both bow hunting and gun hunting at the same time.

  6. florida727 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I’m not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV, but “criminal negligence” is defined as “RECKLESSLY acting without reasonable caution”. (per Google search) FOUR HUNDRED YARDS away. There’s nothing reckless or UNreasonable here about being 4 football fields away and firing a gun you lawfully possess in a hunting locale. He walks.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      That’s why you aren’t an attorney, he could very well be held liable for this.

  7. peepingtommy08 - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Just to clarify for everybody. The man that was shot was legally bowhunting and was walking to his stand across an open field. He was dressed in camo and no orange. Orange is not required for bowhunters here in Ontario. He was not a Native from the reserve but had permission to hunt the property from a friend. Mr. Jonathan was driving by and thought he was seeing a deer. He stopped and fired a rifle from the road. Sadly, it is common practice on this reserve for the Natives to hunt this way at any time of the year regardless of seasons. And yes it was 400 yards.

  8. valoisvipers - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    At a better time in in Stan’s life, while playing with the Bruins against the Habs in the old forum during the playoffs.Stan scored a hat trick and what was funny that night was the fact that only after scoring his third goal that night, he cracked a smile, although it only lasted a couple of seconds he did smile. a rare thing from a man like Stan.

    • pantherpro - Nov 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Nice job NRA yahoos. Guns don’t kill peope….Oooops!

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