OHL player Terry Trafford died of asphyxiation - reports 0
Saginaw Spirit centre Terry Trafford was found dead in his truck after he was reported missing. (OHL photo)
An autopsy report released by police Thursday showed Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford died of asphyxiation, according to multiple reports out of Michigan.
The body of Trafford, 20, was found Tuesday inside his pickup truck in the parking lot of a Saginaw Township Walmart, more than a week after he was last seen. He went missing March 3 after being sent home by the Ontario Hockey League team for violating rules.
“Based on our investigation, it appears to be self-inflicted,” Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Cole told MLive.com, adding that a complete toxicology report and full autopsy must still be done.
Trafford, a fourth-year centre from Toronto, vanished after leaving the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, the Spirit’s home arena, on March 3.
Spirit president Craig Goslin, who Trafford had been billeted with this season, called Trafford “the fabric of our home”, according to MLive.com.
“He was a very respectful, sincere young man,” Goslin said in a press conference Thursday. “None of us saw this coming. Everybody around Terry that loved him, the coaches, the players, former players, his billets; none of us ever saw any sign of depression.
“If he had depression, he certainly had it hidden pretty deep.”
Goslin also said the players decided to play Friday in Sault Ste. Marie as scheduled. The OHL postponed Saginaw’s game against the Greyhounds on Wednesday, the day after Trafford’s body was found, and rescheduled it for Monday.
I’m quite surprised that they wanted to go back on the ice this quick,” Goslin said. “But they’re hockey players. That’s what they do.
“When you’re responsible for 23 teenagers and you see them struggle like this, it goes to your heart. And they’re struggling.”