VANCOUVER — A Crown lawyer says an NHL player accused of illegally shooting a grizzly bear on British Columbia's central coast intends to plead guilty.
Clayton Stoner of the Anaheim Ducks faces five charges for a hunt in 2013, but his case was adjourned Friday.
Prosecutor Jim Cryder told a provincial court judge that he spoke with Stoner's lawyer, who said his client wants to enter a plea as soon as possible.
Cryder said outside court that Stoner is not legally required to attend the hearings and a lawyer can enter a plea on his behalf at a future date, which has not been set.
About a dozen activists who protested outside court and are demanding a ban on trophy hunting were disappointed about yet another postponement in the case.
Stoner has never denied the hunt that sparked outrage after photos surfaced showing him holding a bear's severed head.
The Canadian Press