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David Branch statement on Terry Trafford

Wednesday, March 12, 2014   by: Staff received the following statement on the death of Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford from David Branch, commisioner of the Ontario Hockey League 

TORONTO – 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.

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. 

I would like to thank investigators in both Ontario and Michigan, the media for informing the public and for all who provided information. 

We will cooperate fully with any investigations. 


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old-cat33 3/12/2014 9:44:22 AM Report

Jeez I hate reading or hearing about stuff like this,especially a young hockey player. Condolences to the family and fellow players.
jim 3/12/2014 9:59:08 AM Report

tragic for sure. i understand there were depression issues. Wonder how many concussions this young player endured. Hitting starts way too soon in this rough gone violent sport. Poor fella. condolences, so sad.
friendly 3/12/2014 10:02:32 AM Report

The teams need to treat these boys better. They are people and not just numbers. I am so sorry for the family. These boys are moved all around with different people all the time and need their family more for support. They are going for their dream to play hockey but that does not mean that they should be treated badly. Please support these boys better so this does not happen again. I am so sorry for they family and friends.

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LillyGirl 3/12/2014 11:24:44 AM Report

He was "temp" kicked off the team for smoking pot and was sent back home to Toronto. It was not the end of the world and chance are he would of been allowed back on the team in no time. Very very sad. Maybe he thought he was a screw up, his parents and family and friends would be ashamed of him, he was kicked out of something he loved and lived for. Its tragic and such a sad shame.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 3/12/2014 12:28:16 PM Report

Really Jim? You go there? Spoken like a true moron.
houston 3/12/2014 12:51:47 PM Report

What kind of organization would kick a player off the team knowing that he is suffering from depression. He didn't get the help that he needed, and David Branch should be held responsible.
geesmom 3/12/2014 1:40:31 PM Report

This young boy who could very well have had a very promising future in hockey, a son, friend, companion, possible sibling is now tragically gone. Speculation is not necessary, nor respectful. May he rest in PEACE!
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