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Toronto Maple Leafs Tim Brent in action against theBuffalo Sabres during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Toronto on Monday Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Chris Young)

Former NHL player receives backlash after posing with dead grizzly bear

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WASHINGTON (Circa) — A former professional hockey player received backlash online after he posted photos of a grizzly bear he hunted to Twitter.

Tim Brent, a former Toronto Maple Leafs and California Hurricanes player, shared the photos of himself posing with a large bear in Yukon, Canada.

In a Twitter post, Brent wrote, “Alright folks, here is my Mountain Grizzly! Put an awesome stalk on him but he spotted us at about 75 yards.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais responded to the tweet by writing back, “I bet killing this beautiful bear ‘put an awesome stalk on’ Tim too.”

Some Twitter users called Brent a “horrible” and "disgusting" person, while others posted violent comments.

Brent later posted on Instagram and Twitter that one of the many reasons he hunts is to fill his freezer with meat.

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