Terry Trafford, Missing Ontario Hockey League Player, Found Dead

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 01:44 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Missing since March 2, Terry Trafford, an Ontario Hockey League player, was found dead in a Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday in Saginaw Township, Mich.

Trafford, 20, had played for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL since 2010 but was recently cut from the team March 2 for partying on a road trip, his girlfriend Skye Cieszlak told the Saginaw News. She told authorities that she received a text message from him that day saying that his life was over and "that he didn't want to do it anymore."

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News reports did not say how Trafford died or when.

Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Cole told the Saginaw News that a trooper discovered Trafford's vehicle while on patrol Tuesday and later confirmed the body inside was that of Trafford.

"Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan," the team said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Saginaw News. "Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed. We have reached out to Terry's parents and will look to provide them with support over the coming days."

Trafford had not played in a Spirit game since a Feb. 17 road game, a 3-1 victory over Sarnia,. The newspaper said Trafford was last seen alive at 9:45 a.m. leaving from the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, where the Spirit plays its home games.

The Ontario Hockey League announced that the Spirit's regular season game Wednesday at home against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has been postponed. The league said in a statement that it will reschedule the game at a later time.

Trafford excelled in hockey and boxing while growing up in Toronto, becoming a high-level OHL prospect and playing midget minor hockey for the Mississauga Reps in the Toronto area.

Trafford was selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the third round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection.

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