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Costello has Edmonton connection

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

A lot of people were expecting an ex-Edmonton hockey star to make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday.

It's just that they figured it would be Glenn Anderson, not Murray Costello.

Costello?

Played for the Edmonton Flyers in 1956-57.

Costello was chosen by the 18-member selection committee, one of whom, Al Arbour, the Edmonton Flyer brought up to the Red Wings at the same time Costello was sent down. They decided to trade cars for the rest of the season.

"Al ended up with my beat-up old car in Detroit and I had his brand-new Buick to drive around in Edmonton for the winter. I gave it a pretty good run. It was a good year for me."

Costello, before he was sent down to Edmonton, played with Gordie Howe and that great Detroit Red Wings team from 1954-57. Did he think Gordie, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk and all those guys saw him as a future Hockey Hall of Famer at the time?

"There's no way in the world any of them would have envisioned this," he laughed.

Costello was elected in the builders category. From 1979 to 1998 he was the president of the Canadian Hockey Association, turning it into Hockey Canada and taking it from the dark ages to the current golden era.

"This is truly an overwhelming experience," said Costello. "I know and appreciate the significance of this type of honour. I'm appreciative of taking a childhood passion for this game and ending up in the Hockey Hall of Fame."


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