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Autopsy results released in Spirit player's death

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Autopsy results have been released in the death of Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford. He was killed by asphyxiation and it was determined to be self-inflicted.

Trafford's body was found inside of his truck in a Saginaw Township parking lot.

Trafford went missing March 3. Trafford, 20, was a Toronto native and had been with the Spirit for several seasons. 

According to Trafford's girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak, the young player was devastated after he was told the team didn't want him back.

Cieszlak also mentioned that Trafford was in trouble with the team before he was let go but didn't want to give specifics as to why.

The Associated Press says that Trafford had been disciplined by his team shortly before he went missing.

Saginaw Spirit President and General Manager Craig Goslin said that Trafford was sent home "for a violation of rules." Goslin says Trafford wasn't permanently cut from the team, but would've had to "change his behavior and make some adjustments."

Saginaw Spirit Managing Partner Craig Goslin issued the following press release March 11:

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that late Tuesday afternoon we were informed by the Michigan State Police that the body of Terry Trafford has been found.

Our deepest condolences are with Terry's family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan.  Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed. 

We have reached out to Terry's parents and will look to provide them with support over the coming days.  In addition, we met with team players and staff this evening, along with our Team Chaplain.

On behalf of the Spirit we would like to thank the police who were looking for Terry, the media for providing updates and all who provided information.  The coming days will be difficult and we will endeavor to keep the community and media apprised of arrangements and other details.

Wednesday evening's Saginaw Spirit game was canceled as the team mourns Trafford's death.

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