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

03/13/2014, 6:08pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mich. hockey player killed self by asphyxiation

Terry Trafford is pictured on the March 12, 2014 Saginaw Spirit ticket held by season ticket holders. The Saginaw Spirit's Wednesday night, March 12, 2014 home game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has been postponed following the death of 20-year-

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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