Costello receives 2014-15 ECHL Sportsmanship Award

Chad Costello of the Allen Americans is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for 2014-15 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

The award is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Trent Daavettila of Colorado finished second, followed by Grenville’s Vinny Saponari, Drew Fisher of Tulsa and Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek.

Costello, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team on Thursday, leads the ECHL in scoring with 119 points, which is tied for the 11th highest single-season total in league history, while accumulating just 24 penalty minutes in 70 games this season. He also leads the league in assists (79), power-play assists (33) and power-play points (42) while he tied for second in goals (40) and is fourth in plus-minus (+39).

The 28-year-old has recorded 258 points (88g-170a) in 163 career ECHL games with Allen, Ontario, Colorado and Texas. He was named the ECHL Most Valuable Player with Colorado in 2011-12 when he had 76 points (29g-47a) in just 47 games. He has added 17 points (3g-14a) in 40 career American Hockey League games with Bridgeport, Worcester, Springfield and Lake Erie.

ECHL Sportsmanship Award Winners


2015 Chad Costello Allen Americans
2014 Peter Sivak Alaska Aces
2013 Randy Rowe Toledo Walleye
2012 Kevin Ulanski Colorado Eagles
2011 Brian Swanson Alaska Aces
2010 Barret Ehgoetz Cincinnati Cyclones
2009 Travis Morin South Carolina Stingrays
2008 Jeff Campbell Gwinnett Gladiators
2007 Derek Nesbitt Idaho Steelheads
2006 Steve Saviano Florida Everblades
2005 Kris Goodjohn Gwinnett Gladiators
2004 Mark Pederson San Diego Gulls
2003 Rejean Stringer Columbia Inferno
2002 Ben Stafford Trenton Titans
2001 Jamie Ling Dayton Bombers
2000 Jamie Ling Dayton Bombers
1999 Jamie Ling Dayton Bombers
1998 Cal Ingraham Tallahassee TigerSharks
1997 Mike Ross South Carolina Stingrays