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Missing OHL player's vehicle found (updated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The search for missing Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford has come to a devastating end.

Saginaw police have confirmed that they found a vehicle matching the description of the one driven by Trafford. The vehicle was reportedly found in a parking lot behind a local Walmart. In it was the body of an unidentified “young man.”

Lt. Brian Cole of the Michigan State Police told Yahoo Sports that there is no timetable as to when confirmation of the car or the body would happen.

Meanwhile, the Spirit released a statement on Tuesday evening on their website that they had been informed by State Police that the body was indeed that of Trafford.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that late this afternoon we were informed by the Michigan State Police that the body of Terry Trafford has been found,” the statement read. “Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan.  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.  In addition, we met with team players and staff this evening, along with our Team Chaplain.”

OHL Commissioner David Branch released a statement on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League, our teams, players and staff I want to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Terry Trafford.  This is a tragic situation for all involved,” the statement read. “We will work closely with the Saginaw Spirit to provide any support required to the players and staff during this very difficult time.  In addition, all of our teams will be offering support to their players.”

The league also announced that the game originally scheduled for Wednesday night between the Spirit and the Soo Greyhounds has been postponed.

Trafford was last seen leaving the Dow Event Center in Saginaw on March 3. At that time, it was believed that the 20-year-old was heading back to his hometown of Toronto.

Tight-lipped early on, the Spirit, through team President Craig Goslin, confirmed that Trafford had been sent home by the team for what they called a “rules violation” but also said that he had not been kicked off the team.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Goslin said that Trafford had been living with him and his wife, hoping it would help get his life in order.

“The reason he was in with us was that he needed some mentoring,” Goslin told the Toronto Sun. “We made sure we mentored the young man. He’s a good kid that seems to make some bad decisions at times.”

Trafford’s girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak, told Yahoo Sports on Monday “When I spoke to him he was completely devastated because he told me that the Spirit sent him home for good and that they didn’t’ wasn’t him back on the team because he had gotten in trouble.”

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Cieszlak told reporter Jenny Yuen that Trafford had “suffered from depression for many years” and had threatened to kill himself during a phone conversation prior to his disappearance.

Traffords parents, Roy and Beverly, told CityNews of Toronto, they expected their son home last Monday and that calls, text messages and emails had gone unanswered.

Photo by Kenneth Armstrong

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CB4 3/11/2014 9:10:15 PM Report

While a team executive insisted that he is still on the Spirit’s roster, Cieszlak said her boyfriend was devastated after getting kicked off for smoking marijuana while on the road in Owen Sound on Feb. 22.
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/Junior/2014/03/09/21522756.html
Marijauna makes your problems worse
-fact
jojoe71 3/11/2014 10:38:43 PM Report

after hearing of this young guys problems I think it was irresponsible to send him back home without some kind of an escort.
SmAsHed 3/11/2014 11:34:54 PM Report

Or maybe instead of trying to place blame, we can take a moment to appreciate that the OHL, as well as this young man's friends and family, have lost someone special to them, and offer them our condolences instead of judgement and speculation on why this tragedy happened?
Prrrrrrr 3/11/2014 11:39:18 PM Report

jojoe71 You're right.
steve53000 3/12/2014 3:09:27 AM Report

You know what is so sad here Pot helps a lot of people with issues deal with them and society makes them criminals THAT is the injustice here
steve53000 3/12/2014 3:10:33 AM Report

along with the unfortunate death of this great young man
Tag33&1/3rd 3/12/2014 6:58:15 AM Report

"Mentored" is a vague word.
thera 3/12/2014 7:11:41 AM Report

@ steve53000:

You are 100% right.
TFinn 3/12/2014 7:46:49 AM Report

SmAsHed
I 100 % agree

I just don’t get it here. A young man’s life is over, and his family lost a son, brother, nephew and some of you posters are only worried about weed and passing judgement ..? My heart goes out to his loved ones.
welcome2 3/12/2014 8:41:06 AM Report

so let me get this straight. We have the life of a young person end under tragic circumstances, leaving behind devestated family, girlfriend, friends & teammates and yet all certain posters can come up with is sing the praises of marijuana. poor world

my thoughts go out to all who are grieving at this time
good4now 3/12/2014 9:12:51 AM Report

Lessons To Be Learned:
In this GREAT sadness I can see that there are many lessons to be learned. A glimmer of hope may yet come from this tragedy if we learn from this and apply the lessons.
As an ordinary citizen I believe that the strongest lesson I can take away from this is that often a person can appear strong and in perfect control, while on the inside there is devastation and total chaos.
My greatest sympathy to his family. I cannot imagine the sorrow and heartbreak.
Jamie333 3/12/2014 9:22:25 AM Report

Very sad, condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Terry
PF92 3/12/2014 9:33:59 AM Report

You can thank @HoundsInsider to bringing the story of Terry missing viral and assisting in 100 percent in his finding. The gf was playing games and never reported him missing till he posted on twitter.

Also. Weed is not a banned substance from the league(and not banned in NHL either). Saginaw team decision they SENT HIM HOME TO CHANG HIS LIFESTYLE not kicked him off th team. He was to return to th team.
TFinn 3/12/2014 9:41:44 AM Report

PF92 3/12/2014 9:33:59 AM

Does that really matter at this time .... geez ..!
steve53000 3/12/2014 9:42:40 AM Report

I guess if you are commenting on my article I went to revise it and it posted instead so I added!!! This is not the time or place to get into a heated discussion about anything other than respect for this young man who lost his life however if you really feel the need grow up
friendly 3/12/2014 9:58:44 AM Report

These kids that play in the OHL are away from home, treated like meat and not people, no wonder they suffer from depression. I billeted boys from an OHL team and was very surprised how these young men are treated. They are there one day and shipped off another day without even being able to say goodbye to their friends or anyone else. If the teams would start treating these boys like people, maybe people's sons would still be alive. Please stop the abuse of these boys and treat them like people. This will happen again if the teams do not smarten up. (Would you want your sons treated this way?) I am so glad that my son didn't make it to the OHL, just for this reason. This time shapes those boys future and their families futures.

for the love of the boys and the game, please be more careful how you treat these guys.

Very sad Billet. We could do much better.
welcome2 3/12/2014 10:12:22 AM Report

I perhaps have a differnet perspective than many others when I read articles like this. I too suffer from anxiety/depression and 7 yrs ago found myself flat on my back for 6 weeks on the edge of the cliff, scared sh*^&*%^ that all it would take was one little nudge to plummet me over the edge. With the help of family & friends who grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and got my feet back under me, I got professional help and still take prescribed medication on a daily basis to help me, as my councellor put it, "combat the demons"

I'm sure no one associated w/ the Saginaw team, in their wildest dreams ever imagined what would result from the disciplinary action they took with this player

It is an absolute tragedy and one I can relate to
welcome2 3/12/2014 4:12:20 PM Report

I perhaps have a differnet perspective than many others when I read articles like this. I too suffer from anxiety/depression and 7 yrs ago found myself flat on my back for 6 weeks on the edge of the cliff, scared sh*^&*%^ that all it would take was one little nudge to plummet me over the edge. With the help of family & friends who grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and got my feet back under me, I got professional help and still take prescribed medication on a daily basis to help me, as my councellor put it, "combat the demons"

I'm sure no one associated w/ the Saginaw team, in their wildest dreams ever imagined what would result from the disciplinary action they took with this player

It is an absolute tragedy and one I can relate to
dejrfan2004 3/13/2014 9:51:58 PM Report

please people have some respect for the family of this young man.my condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
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