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Greyhounds to honour Trafford and Spirit on Friday

Thursday, March 13, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

When the Saginaw Spirit step onto the ice at the Essar Centre on Friday night, it will be their first game action since the tragic death of Spirit forward Terry Trafford.

The game will be the first for both teams since the 20-year-old’s death.

The Greyhounds plan to honour Trafford with a pregame video tribute. Following the tribute, the Greyhounds will make a presentation to each member of the Spirit roster and staff prior to puck drop.

Fans are asked to be in their seats a few minutes earlier than usual for Friday’s 7:07 p.m. puck drop.

In addition to the pre-game ceremony, the Greyhounds will also wear a sticker on their helmets for the rest of the regular season and playoffs with the initials TT and the number 16 (pictured).

Photo courtesy of the Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club

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Javaman 3/13/2014 6:38:03 PM Report

What a nice gesture...congrats.
ManUtd 3/13/2014 6:44:55 PM Report

A nice touch but we must be careful not to glorify suicide. The kid is more popular now than he was alive. Supporting the other Spirit players is important and education and ASIST training for all sports teams should be mandatory. The stigma of mental health prevented this kid from getting help. These kids need to know it's OK to get help before we can't help them anymore.
CB4 3/13/2014 8:38:25 PM Report

Really ?
Entitledtomyopinion 3/13/2014 10:15:12 PM Report

A boy has died. Regardless of how, and he is being honored by the club he loved. All around kindness as far as I can see. As for glorifying suicide? Really? He had some mental issues and events lead up to his unfortunate demise. He was human, as we all are and we all have our struggles. This glorifies a man's life and passion for the sport he loved, it's not a testament to how he passed. My 2 cents.
hodedo68 3/13/2014 10:19:59 PM Report

ManUtd..awesome thoughts....CB4 I don't know what to say
theprotector 3/14/2014 7:15:06 AM Report

suicide should never be honoured!
Hmmm 3/14/2014 7:55:04 AM Report

CB4 and the protector, there is little that needs to be said to either of you.

The Greyhound players and organization are to be commended for showing typical class to honour this young man's life. Well done.
brittz 3/14/2014 9:39:34 AM Report

Its not "glorifying suicide". My 2 cents... the kid was let go with no support, left to his own devices and chose to do a terrible thing. In no way should that deter people from remembering what a fantastic kid he was. His peers are going to have to continue to play on without him, so why not boost the morale a bit by remembering their friend as he was before this terrible incident. I think its a classy gesture by a classy group of young men in the OHL.
lng574 3/14/2014 12:30:20 PM Report

perhaps this is a good opportunity to open a discussion on mental illness/health.
CB4 3/14/2014 8:34:11 PM Report

Dont commit suicide, cause your dead then, game over, end of discussion
ManUtd 3/15/2014 11:10:44 AM Report

1 in 5 adolescents suffer from some sort of Mental Illness. We have kids in this city who post there own obituaries on Facebook and wonder what life would be like when they are gone and who will show up at there funeral. It's very sad but that's the way they think and they need help. When they see the fuss made of someone who has taken there own life suicide becomes and option and it should never be. If you take your own life you will never see how life can improve. We should have a community discussion. Clara Hughes is on her way across Canada on a bike to create awareness and reduce stigma. Let's embrace our community and help our children succeed. Just saying.
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