Former NHL Player Catches Record Breaking Sturgeon In British Columbia

A group of people in a body of water with a fish

Pete Peeters, a formal National Hockey League goalie accomplished some pretty notable things in his NHL career.

He won the Vezina trophy during the 198-83 season which is awarded to the leagues best goaltender. Although he prefers to joke that his best accomplishment was giving up goals to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two of the greatest hockey players of all time.

Lemieux scored his first ever NHL goal against Peters, and would go on to score 689 more goals in his illustrious career. Gretzky once scored 4 goals against Peeters in a single game, and would later score a 5th goal later in that same game on an empty net. The 5-goal performance is an NHL single game reference that is likely never to be matched.

Peeters recently scored a pretty big goal of his own though as he made an extremely notable fishing accomplishment. While fishing with some buddies on the Fraser River in British Columbia he snagged a new record sturgeon for the province.

Most people can’t even imagine a fish ever growing that big, let alone catch one.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the fish measured 11-feet six-inches long, boasted 55 inches of girth, and weighed an incredible 890 pounds.

“I couldn’t fathom how big these fish were. Even when the fish came up, it was hard to believe.”

It was a special moment for his fishing guide at Sturgeon Slayers as well, who credits pro-active conservation efforts and catch and release management since the early 2000’s with allowing the area to become a world class sturgeon fishery.

“Very rarely do you see something that is this big, over 11 feet. Something this big could take well over 100 years to get to this size.

It’s a lifetime moment. It’s hard to put into words.”

The fish was so big that it was impossible to even bring to shore and raise up out of the water for a picture, but thanks to the clear water the men were able to get a picture with the massive prehistoric looking creature.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock