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The former Toronto
Maple Leafs player who left the NHL to become a priest, died Tuesday after
being injured during a charity hockey game. He was 74. Costello was admitted to
Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital last week after sustaining a head injury
during a Flying Fathers game. He was injured when a puck got caught in his
skates during the pregame warmups, causing him to fall backward and hit his
head on the ice.
Costello was not wearing a helmet.
sat out the team's game the following night and said he wasn't feeling well. He
was transferred from a hospital in Peterborough, Ontario to St. Michael's. He
slipped into a coma last Wednesday and died just a few hours after his family
decided to take him off life support Tuesday morning.
He joined the
Maple Leafs for the 1948 playoffs, after helping his junior team win the
Memorial Cup in 1945 and 1947. With Toronto, Costello had two goals and two
assists as Toronto captured the 1948 Stanley Cup. He only played 15 games the
following season before leaving the Maple Leafs for the priesthood.
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