- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan detective has been assigned to the case of a missing 20-year-old minor league hockey player who was last seen a week ago.

Saginaw Spirit center Terry Trafford reportedly last was seen about 9:30 a.m. on March 3 at the Dow Event Center, the team’s home arena.

State police were notified Sunday that Trafford was missing and assigned a detective, Lt. Brian Cole told The Associated Press Monday.

“It’s still very early in reference to our part of the investigation,” Cole said. “Several things have to be confirmed and determined. Where was he last seen? Acquaintances he spoke with? He’s considered a voluntary missing person.”

Trafford, a Toronto native, has been with the Ontario Hockey League team for several seasons. He’s listed at 5-foot-11 inches and 190 pounds.

Skye Cieszlak, who said she and Trafford have dated since 2010, told The Saginaw News he may have been cut from the team before his disappearance.

“He had gotten into trouble for partying on a road trip, and they were sending him home for good,” Cieszlak, from Michigan, told the newspaper. “He was devastated.”

Trafford sent Cieszlak a text message on March 2 that said, “his life was over and that he didn’t want to do it anymore,” she told the newspaper.

The Associated Press left a message Monday at Cieszlak’s grandmother’s home seeking comment from Cieszlak.

Police in Toronto told the Canadian Press that they have no indication Trafford has entered Canada. They also were trying to confirm whether Trafford still was a member of the hockey team, Cole said.

The Saginaw Spirit issued a statement Monday night saying it was working with authorities and Trafford’s family to aid in the effort to find him.

“The disappearance of Terry Trafford is a very difficult situation,” said team President Craig Goslin. “We, along with the Ontario Hockey League, have been working diligently and doing all that is possible to assist in the process of locating Terry.”