Saginaw community remembers Terry Trafford

Everyone who knew Terry Trafford says the same thing.

â??Calm. He was quieter, passionate and just a very nice guy,â?? says Jeff Oppermann, a season ticket holder.

â??Terry was a good kid,â?? says Pete Ryan. He remembers the Saginaw Spirit hockey player from when he walked the halls at Saginaw Heritage High School.

â??I remember him as a happy kid that always seemed to have a smile on his face,â?? says Ryan, assistant principal and athletic director at Saginaw Heritage.

Trafford was found dead in his car Tuesday afternoon in Saginaw Township. The Toronto native was missing more than a week after leaving The Dow Event Center on March 3rd.

â??This has got to be really hard for the players, all the staff, all the fans, everyone,â?? says Oppermann, a season ticket holder. He also volunteers his time with the players.

â??It was fun to watch Terry because when he got his feet moving, he could get to his puck before anyone else,â?? says Oppermann. â??When he wanted to get it, he could get it,â?? he adds.

While fans will miss Trafford in the rink, they say he'll be most remembered for his spirit, off the ice.

â??He was very nice, very polite, always had a smile on his face. He was very well-liked,â?? says Brian Poplewski.

Saginaw Spirit management were unavailable for comment Wednesday while team officials reach out to the Trafford family.

Wednesdayâ??s game against Sault Ste. Marie has been postponed. Ticket holders say Trafford's picture was featured on the ticket for tonight's game.

State police are continuing their investigation to determine the cause of death.
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