Crunch Sign Jeff Costello To AHL Deal

by Alexis Boucher | Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

JCostelloSyracuse Crunch general manager Julien Brisebois announced that the club signed left wing Jeff Costello to a one-year AHL contract yesterday afternoon.

Costello spent the last four years at Notre Dame and he served as the team’s captain for the 2013-14. During last year’s campaign the 6-foot, 212 pound forward registered 13 goals and 9 assists. During his collegiate career he accumulated 82 points (41 G, 45 A) in 145 games. He was originally selected 145th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. The Lightning acquired his rights in the June trade with the Vancouver Canucks that included defenseman Jason Garrison.

He attended the Lightning’s Development Camp in July and made a strong impression. Literally. He cracked a pane of glass at the  Brandon Ice Sports Forum with a slap shot and recorded seven goals during the three-on-three tournament. When the Bolts didn’t offer him a deal by August 16th Costello became a free agent. He fielded AHL offers from other organizations. As he told the Syracuse Post-Standard his experience with the Lightning won out:

“I’m really excited and really happy that it ended up working out with Tampa. Playing in Syracuse is going to be a great experience. I’ve only heard good things about the organization.”

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Managing Editor and Senior Writer Alexis Boucher is a transplant from the Northeast, who worships in the churches of hockey and baseball. She has followed the Lightning since the late 90's. A graduate of the Florida State University Creative Writing program, she has been blogging for over three years. She has a penchant for loud music, enforcers, and good beer.

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  1. ITMAN says:

    Is this a guy who could contribute to the NHL team this season if needed? Any chance of making the team?

    • Alexis Boucher Alexis Boucher says:

      He would have to be signed to an NHL deal in order to be brought up with the Bolts. Looks to be a depth move and so the organization can see how he does at the pro level.

  2. BigKahuna says:

    A GREAT depth signing, for sure. Great point about his D Camp numbers. He looked awesome.

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