Decorated forward Chad Costello returns to the Allen Americans for the first time since the 2016-17 season, making it his fourth season with the club.
A Johnston, Iowa native, Costello made his junior hockey debut in the United States Hockey league with the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2003-04, recording 15 points (5G, 10A) in 51 games played. The following season, he transitioned to the North American Hockey League, playing for the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Costello more than quadrupled his point total from the last season, logging 69 points (34G, 35A) in his first season in the Lone Star State. The forward moved back to the USHL the next season to play for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in 2005-06, where he played in 67 games and compiled a league-best 76 points (31G, 45A).
From 2006-08, Costello played in the collegiate ranks for Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Costello earned NCAA All-Rookie honors in his first season after a 22-point (11G, 11A) campaign. The forward skated in 59 contests for the Huskies while earning 35 points (14G, 21A) through two college seasons.
Costello made his move to the professional ranks shortly after he finished his time with Northeastern. In 2007-08, he made his ECHL debut with the Texas Wildcatters, making 2 appearances on the ice. The next season, Costello made his way to Michigan to play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United Hockey League, seeing action in 65 games and scoring 46 points (17G, 29A) in the process.
In his second full professional season, Costello returned to Texas to play for the Central Hockey League’s Corpus Christi Icerays. He posted a 55-point (13G, 42A) campaign in 57 games during the 2009-10 season. The next season, Costello relocated to Oklahoma to play for the Tulsa Oilers. He appeared in 64 contests for the Oilers, while also appearing in 8 contests for the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters. He posted 103 points (39G, 64A) for the Oilers and 1 point (1A) for the Monsters.
The forward made his first ECHL appearance for the Colorado Eagles in 2011-12. In his two seasons in Loveland, Costello skated in 89 games and logged 141 points (49G, 92A) en route to an ECHL First All-Star selection, Player of the Month award, two Player of the Week awards and ECHL Most Valuable Player honors. In addition, he appeared in 32 total AHL games for the Springfield Falcons, Worcester Sharks and Bridgeport Sound Tigers in that same span. Costello played his next season with the CHL’s St. Charles Chill and the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. In a combined 14 appearances, he recorded 14 points (6G, 8A).
Costello began his first stint with the Allen Americans in 2014-15. Through three seasons, he posted 426 points (117G, 309A) , leading the Americans to two Kelly Cups. In addition, Costello earned two ECHL Most Valuable Player awards, the June M. Kelly Cup award (Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP), the ECHL Sportsmanship Award, three ECHL First All-Star Team selections, led the ECHL in points and assists in all three seasons, a Player of the Month award and two Player of the Week awards.
After the 2016-17 season, Costello began a three-year stint in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany. His first season was spent with the Iserlohn Roosters, posting 27 points (8G, 19A) in 38 appearances. The final two seasons were with the Krefeld Penguins, where he played in 104 games and logged 106 points (37G, 69A).
This will be the 35-year-old’s 14th professional season and fourth with the Allen Americans.