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Costello, Murray

Costello, Murray

Murray Costello was born February 24, 1934 in South Porcupine, Ontario. Although he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category, Costello sports an impressive resume as a player, too. After three years of junior with St. Michael's College in Toronto, Murray was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks, making his debut during the 1953-54 season. The 6'3", 190 pound forward was traded to the Boston Bruins prior to the following season. Midway through the 1955-56 campaign, the Bruins sent Costello and Lorne Ferguson to Detroit in exchange for Real Chevrefils and Jerry Toppazzini. After being sent to Edmonton of the Western Hockey League to finish the 1956-57 season, Murray was reinstated as an amateur and completed his playing career with the Windsor Bulldogs of the OHA Senior loop. During 162 regular season NHL games, Costello collected 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.

Costello returned to school and earned his law degree, then moved into hockey's business side. As an executive with the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League, Murray guided the team to back-to-back championships in 1967 and 1968. He was publicity director of the WHL before acting as arbitrator for the World Hockey Association Players' Association.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, though, was as president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada) between 1979 and 1998. Among many accomplishments, Costello is recognized for making significant contributions to the merging of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey Association, which brought Canada's entire developmental process into one stream. Murray also oversaw the formation of the Canadian women's team and, in turn, the rapid development of women's hockey.

Murray Costello has also been a key member in the growth of the Hockey Hall of Fame, serving on the Board of Directors since 1981 and, at one time, was a member of the Selection Committee. Now retired, Murray Costello remains a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Council, and is chairman of both the IIHF's Medical and Technical/Arena committees. Previously, he had served on both the IIHF's Statutes and Disciplinary committees and was its auditor for a number of years.

Murray Costello is the 93rd Builder honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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