Veteran Ontario League center Terry Trafford of the Saginaw Spirit is missing and the junior hockey world is very concerned. The Toronto native has not been seen since the morning of March 3, when he left the team’s arena in Michigan.
According to a report from the Michigan Live news site, Trafford may have been distraught over being kicked off the team. His girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak, said he was supposed to be heading home to Toronto with a heavy heart.
“He had gotten into trouble for partying on a road trip and they were sending him home for good,” Cieszlak told reporter Jessica Shepherd. ”He was devastated.”
The Spirit franchise has not confirmed any of these details, but did release the following message on its website:
The Saginaw Spirit Franchise and the entire Great Lakes Bay Region are very concerned of the whereabouts of Saginaw Spirit hockey player Terry Trafford. Terry was last seen Monday morning at 9:30am. We currently have no further comment until the professionals searching for him complete their work. The entire Spirit organization is very concerned for the young man and we hope and pray that he is safe and found soon.
Saginaw is only about four hours away from Trafford’s home in Toronto, but he has not been seen there. The 20-year-old physical pivot had a career-high 32 points this season, but hadn’t seen game action since Feb. 17.