Murray Costello

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Costello at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships

Murray Costello (born February 24, 1934 in South Porcupine, Ontario) is a Canadian former ice hockey executive and former professional ice hockey player. He was president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association then Hockey Canada. He also played in the National Hockey League (NHL), playing for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings in a 163-game NHL career. Costello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 as a builder.

His brother, Les Costello, was also a notable hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who was subsequently ordained as a Roman Catholic priest and founded the Flying Fathers, a team of priests who played exhibition hockey for charity.

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Costello played three years of junior hockey at University of St. Michael's in Toronto from 1950–1953. He signed professionally with the Chicago Black Hawks and joined their junior affiliate Galt Black Hawks for the 1953–54 season. He joined the Chicago AHL affiliate Hershey Bears that season and moved up to Chicago, played 40 games in his rookie NHL season, scoring three goals. He was then traded to the Boston Bruins, where he played a full season, before joining the Detroit Red Wings through a trade in the 1955–56 season. In the 1956–57 season, Costello only played three games for the Red Wings before being sent to the Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Costello left professional hockey after the season, and after one season away from hockey, joined the Windsor Bulldogs senior amateur team for two seasons before retiring from play in 1960. During his NHL career of 162 games, Costello collected 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.

Costello then returned to school and earned a law degree. He joined the staff of the Seattle Totems of the WHL. Costello later took on jobs as the publicity director for the WHL, and arbitrator for the World Hockey Association Players' Association. In 1979, Costello became president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, a position he held until 1998. During Costello's time, the CAHA was merged with the then-Hockey Canada into a new unified Hockey Canada. The time period also saw the development of competitive women's ice hockey and the establishment of the Women's World Championships. Costello was instrumental in setting up the women's national team. In 1981, Costello joined the Hockey Hall of Fame, and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Selection Committee. Costello later took on new roles with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), serving on various committees as well as being its auditor until leaving the IIHF in 2012. On April 11, 2013 former Hockey Canada president Murray Costello was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

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