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Terry Trafford's dad, Spirit president both "devastated"

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(03/13/14) - The father of Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford spoke out about his son's death.

The body of the 20 year old man was found Tuesday in his pickup truck in the parking lot of a Saginaw Township Walmart.

Thursday, police released information on how he likely died.

There is grieving in the Saginaw area and also in Canada. Terry Trafford was born in Toronto, and that's where his parents live.

An autopsy indicates that Trafford died from self-inflicted asphyxiation, a lack of oxygen.

Trafford was last seen on March 3 at the Dow Event Center, shortly after being notified that he was suspended from the hockey team for breaking team rules.
     
His dad, Ron Trafford, was expecting him home the next Tuesday and knew something was wrong when he didn't show up.
     
We asked Ron if he believed Terry thought his hockey career was over.  

"I think he is in that frame of mind, but it was, how the hell do you get stuck in one gear? He was just beginning, he had so much more to go, and I told him, I told him what we are going to do next year," he said.

That plan Roy is talking about was some discussions he had with the Spirit to trade Terry to another team.
     
Spirit president Craig Goslin talked about how his organization is coping with the loss of Trafford and the about the last day people with the hockey team saw him.

"We met with the coaches, we met the trainer, we met with everyone that saw him that morning, there was no indication. He was cordial, he was very respectful, shook the coaches hands, looked them in the eye, said thank you, and went down and saw the trainer and he met with the trainer, they did the physical, they had a nice conversation, they laughed about the paint he had on his sweatpants, they chuckled about that, and they put the stuff in the truck and that's the last time they saw Terry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to (Terry's parents), as painful as it is for us, it has to be a thousand times more painful for them, losing their son, and we just feel so badly for them and we ask everyone to keep them in their prayers," Goslin says.

Terry Trafford's funeral will be Tuesday in Toronto.

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