It's heart-in-mouth time throughout junior hockey circles, as Saginaw Spirit centre Terry Trafford's whereabouts are unknown.
The 20-year-old Toronto native has not been seen for almost a week. According to a news release from the Spirit, he was last seen on Monday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. The Saginaw News has since spoken with 21-year-old Skye Cieslak, who says she has dated Trafford since 2010.
"The Saginaw Spirit Franchise and the entire Great Lakes Bay Region are very concerned," said the release, issued on Sunday.
"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."
At least one other OHL team and one former Spirit teammate, Gregg Sutch, are urging people to phone the Saginaw, Mich., police if there is any information on what is happening with Trafford.
If you've seen @SpiritHockey player Terry Trafford or his green '95 Sierra 1500 pickup, LIC. CJA 2235 pls contact Saginaw PD: 989-759-1229
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) March 9, 2014
Keep my boy Terry Trafford in your prayers as he's been missing for days now. pic.twitter.com/PzPBC7kRO1
— Gregg Sutch (@Sutchy44) March 9, 2014
Saginaw police would not immediately confirm, though, that an investigation into Trafford's whereabouts is underway.
Trafford has been a Spirit for his entire OHL tenure, counting 29 goals and 78 points across 221 games with the mid-Michigan franchise. His last appearance in a game came on Feb. 17.
It's a delicate situation, and it is best not to trade in speculation. Here's hoping that Trafford is safe, and that this has a happy resolution.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.
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