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Published: Thursday, 3/13/2014

State police: Saginaw Spirit hockey player Terry Trafford died of self-inflicted asphyxiation

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAGINAW, Mich. — Police say that 20-year-old Saginaw Spirit minor league hockey player Terry Trafford died of self-inflicted asphyxiation inside his car parked outside a Wal-Mart store.

State police Lt. Brian Cole tells The Saginaw News that the autopsy was completed Thursday and says toxicology results will come later. He says the asphyxiation “appears to be self-inflicted.”

The newspaper doesn’t say how the asphyxiation happened. The Associated Press left a message for Cole Thursday evening.

The Ontario Hockey League team says its home game with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds that was postponed from Wednesday because of Trafford’s death will take place Monday, ending its regular season.

Saginaw visits the Greyhounds on Friday, then hosts the London Knights on Saturday.



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