It was an emotional night at the Essar Centre as the Saginaw Spirit were in town for their first Ontario Hockey League game following the tragic death of Spirit forward Terry Trafford earlier in the week.
The Greyhounds honoured Trafford with a video tribute prior to the game. The Spirit came onto the ice to a standing ovation from the Greyhounds faithful. The Greyhounds then gave the Spirit players and staff a token of support.
“I’m very proud of the players for what they’ve been through,” said Saginaw coach Greg Gilbert, following the Spirit’s 6-5 loss to the Greyhounds.
“What they’ve been through is something nobody should ever go through,” Gilbert also said. “It’s unfortunate that things like this happen but they battled through it and competed hard tonight and I’m very proud of them.”
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