08/13/2013 5:14 PM
ST. CHARLES, Missouri – The St. Charles Chill announced Tuesday the Central Hockey League (CHL) team has signed former ECHL Most Valuable Player Chad Costello for the Chill’s upcoming inaugural season. The Chill is now up to six players signed for the 2013-14 season.
Costello, 27 (7/22/86), enters his sixth pro season and he returns to the CHL after playing the previous two seasons in the ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL). The native of Johnston, Iowa was named the ECHL’s MVP following the 2011-12 season despite missing over a third of the season due to a major knee injury. During his MVP season with the Colorado Eagles, he registered 76 points on 29 goals and 47 assists in just 47 games.
“We are extremely proud to be announcing Chad Costello as a member of the Chill,” said Chill Head Coach and General Manager Jamie Rivers. “We have talked about building a solid culture and Chad fits right in with the current players we have, as well as future players that will wear our frozen C. He brings instant credibility to our lineup and we are excited for all of our Chill fans watch him play here in St. Charles.”
Last season, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound forward returned to the Eagles following his injury and was leading the ECHL in points (49) and assists (35) at the time of his call-up to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He recorded 12 points on three goals and nine assists in 21 games with the Sound Tigers before returning to the Eagles.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to play and further my career with the St. Charles Chill,” said Costello. “My family and I spent two great years with the Colorado Eagles, and we know the Chill organization will be great as well. With Coach Rivers being named the head coach, it is a perfect situation to not only learn a lot and become a better player, but also a chance to win a championship in the first season for the Chill. I can’t wait for the puck to drop at the Family Arena wearing a Chill jersey.”
Overall, Costello has averaged over a point per game in his pro career with 336 points (113-223=336) in 301 games. In 16 total playoff games, he has 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists.
Those who would like to learn more about Chill season tickets and see the arena are welcome to stop by the Family Arena this Saturday, August 17 from 3-5pm. Coach Rivers and Chill players will be onsite throughout the day. Light refreshments will be provided.
Those who have placed deposits prior to August 17 will be invited to come to The Family Arena prior to 3pm and pick their seat location. The order in which seat locations will be selected is based on when the deposits were accepted by the Chill.
The Chill will begin their inaugural season in the Central Hockey League in October 19 at The Family Arena. The team will play 33 home games and the inaugural season schedule is available at the Chill’s website. Season tickets are currently on sale now and start at under $10 per game. For more information on the Chill, please visit the website at www.StCharlesChill.com or call (636) 724-SHOT (7468).