Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rich Costello
While still playing college hockey center Rich Costello was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that saw former team captain and future Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler leave Toronto. Costello, who was born on June 27th, 1963 in Farmington, Massachusetts would never be able to live up to the lofty expectations of the Maple Leaf fans.

Costello spent part of the 1983-84 season with the United States National Team but also made his NHL debut that year with the Maple Leafs. Costello played 10 games and scored 2 goals and an assist. The following year he played his first full season of pro hockey, but failed to impress the Maple Leaf management when he recorded just 14 points in 80 games.

In 1985-86 Costello played better hockey in the American Hockey League and earned another call-up from the Leafs, this time playing in 2 games and registering one assist. It would be his last time in the NHL.

Costello spent the next two seasons in the AHL before continuing his career in Germany. He returned to North America for his final season of professional hockey, playing in just nine games with the International Hockey League's Albany Choppers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Natick Redmen High-MA 18 26 32 58
1979-80 Natick Redmen High-MA 18 30 36 66
1980-81 Pickering Pirates OHA-B 40 18 24 42 35
1981-82 Providence College ECAC 32 11 16 27 39
1982-83 Providence College ECAC 43 19 26 45 60
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 38 7 19 26 31
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 2 1 3 2 -5
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 20 0 0 0 12 4 1 0 1 0
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 80 8 6 14 45
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 76 18 22 40 87 13 3 6 9 30
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 48 6 11 17 53
1987-88 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland-2 26 10 11 21 46
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 3 1 1 2 2
1988-89 Schwenninger ERC W.German 11 6 8 14 14
1989-90 EC Ratingen W.Ger-2 29 26 30 56 36
1989-90 HC Davos Swiss-2 12 4 11 15 12 4 10 14
1990-91 Albany Choppers IHL 9 1 3 4 14
NHL Totals 12 2 2 4 2


Rights traded to Toronto by Philadelphia with Hartford's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Toronto selected Peter Ihnacak) in 1982 Entry Draft and future considerations (Ken Strong, May, 1982) for Darryl Sittler, January 20, 1982.