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Wildcats Alumnus Costello Named ECHL Most Valuable Player

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Former Wildcats forward Chad Costello has been voted as the inaugural recipient of the 2014-15 Professional Hockey Players’ Association – ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Presented by BioSteel Sports, it was announced Friday.

For Costello, the award comes after a stellar first season with the Allen Americans in which he led the ECHL in scoring and helped Allen claim the Central Division regular-season title. The forward posted 125 points on 41 goals and 84 assists, factoring into the scoring of a remarkable 42.8 percent of the Americans’ league-high 292 goals, and finished the season with a plus-minus of +43 while appearing in all 72 games. In addition to leading the league in points (125) and assists (84), Costello also topped the ECHL in power-play assists (35) and power-play points (44).

“To be recognized by the players you play against for this type of award truly means a lot,” Costello said in a statement released by the PHPA.  “I try to be an honest, hard-working player each and every night.  The success our team has had this year certainly contributes to this award as well.”

An ECHL First-Team All-Star this season, Costello played in Wichita Falls during the Wildcats’ inaugural season in the North American Hockey League in 2004-05. He recorded 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points, totals which still rank among the best single-season marks in team history.

The PHPA – ECHL MVP Award is awarded to the player who is deemed to be the top performer in the league, as voted on by his peers. The 2014-15 season marked the first time players from the ECHL voted on season-ending individual awards.

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