(03/14/14) - The Saginaw Spirit will take the ice, Friday, for the first time since they found out about the death of Terry Trafford earlier this week.
Police say the 20 year old ended his own life in a Walmart parking lot on March 3.
He was suspended for violating team rules, but his father and the Spirit management said his hockey career would have continued.
The mourning continues in Saginaw and Canada, and while Terry's hockey career may have had setback, those that knew him best say that career was far from over.
"You see them struggling like this, it goes to your heart, and I will tell you, they are struggling," said Spirit president Craig Goslin.
The Saginaw Spirit will be back on the ice for Friday night's game in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as they continue to cope with their teammate's death, who played with the organization for four years.
Terry's dad, Ron Trafford, said he loved coming to Saginaw to watch his son play.
"When it came to skating, man, he could scare the bejesus out of a lot of people," he said.
Like almost everyone who knew Terry, his dad can't believe what happened.
"How the hell do you get stuck in one gear? He was just beginning," Ron said.
Ron says he and Spirit management had discussed a trade to a team in the East Coast Hockey League.
"That he would get traded to a team closer to Toronto," he said.
It was a trade Ron says Terry was not aware of.
"A team in the ECHL, so, but he was already dead, he didn't know it, that's all," Ron said.
Goslin agrees that while Terry's run with the Spirit might have ended, his hockey career was not over.
"There was hockey in the future for Terry Trafford," Goslin said. "He was very skilled hockey player and had another year of eligibility in our league, and that's why it's a shock to all of us. People are sent home often and none of us saw this coming."
While the Spirit play on the road Friday, the team is preparing for what should be an emotional home game on Saturday night.
"We want to remember Terry for the person he was, and all the good inside of him, because there was a lot of it," Goslin said.
Starting Friday, the Spirit players will be wearing Helmet Decals and Jersey Patches for the remainder of the season.
There will be a moment of silence for Terry before the puck drops on Saturday at the Dow Event Center.
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