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Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford missing since Monday, team speaks out

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(03/10/14) - The search is on for a missing Saginaw Spirit hockey player.

Twenty-year-old Terry Trafford has not been seen since last Monday.

Police in Canada at first believed he may have been heading home to Toronto, but it's also possible he never left the Saginaw area.

Trafford has played for the Spirit for four seasons.

Spirit Co-Owner, Craig Goslin, tells ABC12 News that Trafford had been recently suspended from the Ontario Hockey League team.

"He was being sent home for violating a team rule," Goslin said. "Anybody who has kids understands you have to discipline them at times, certainly Terry is one of those young men that is a good person."

He left the Bay County home where he was living and was last seen at the Dow Event Center on Monday, March 3.

"Last Monday morning, he was sitting here, he had his physical and everything went very well," Goslin said.

He might have been picking up some of his gear and the Toronto Police Service believed he may have been heading to see family. Toronto is his hometown.

"We're a family, all of us, the bottom line is we care for all of our players deeply," Goslin said.

So far, Canadian authorities have not found Trafford and it's not clear if he ever made it across the border.

Police Constable Victor Kwong, with the Toronto Police Service, has been in contact with the Canadian Border and Securities. Police believe Trafford was driving a green Chevrolet pick-up truck with Michigan license plate CJA2235. He is approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 190 pounds.

"They have told us there is no record of that license plate crossing the border into Toronto. Our job here is a support role, whatever Michigan needs to assist their investigation, we will help with," Kwong said.

The Michigan State Police have just started their investigation. Goslin says, "the entire Spirit organization is hoping that Trafford is found soon and is very concerned for his safety."

If you see someone matching Trafford's description or his pick-up truck, you are asked to call your local police department.

Goslin says it's been tough on the entire team.

"We've got them some support as well with our team Chaplin to offer them some counseling to help them through this time," Goslin said.

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