Police: Hockey player killed self by asphyxiation

The Associated Press
Police: Hockey player killed self by asphyxiation
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Craig Goslin, Saginaw Spirit hockey team president and managing partner, answers questions during a news conference Thursday, March 13, 2014, about player Terry Trafford who was found dead after disappearing eight days earlier in Saginaw Township, Mich. The Toronto native was last seen March 3 at the Dow Event Center, the club's home arena. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier)

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- Police say that 20-year-old Saginaw Spirit major junior 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 (http://bit.ly/1qAs2iN ) that the autopsy was completed Thursday and says toxicology results will come later. Cole 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.