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.
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|