By Ross Forman – A freshman defenseman last season for the York JV, Daniel Costabile scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 1st, in the championship game of the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament, helping the Dukes defeat the host Patriots, 5-0.
York outscored its tourney foes 32-4 en route to the title.
“Our team was something special,” last season, Costabile said. “All of us got along really well and as our coach said all year, we were a family. We only lost one regular-season game in regulation-time, but even after that loss it pushed us to work harder and finish out the season as the team to beat. We played numerous hard games against Glenbrook North in the regular-season and in the playoffs. In the end, we beat them for the SHL Championship in a classic double-overtime game 3 victory.”
York’s drive for a state championship was silenced by the pandemic.
Costabile, 15, who lives in Elmhurst, is now a sophomore in his second season of the York JV in uniform No. 16. Costabile, who shoots right-handed, formerly skated for the Elmhurst Chiefs and Chicago Blues.
“Going into the 2020-21 season, we have high expectations,” Costabile said. “We believe we can continue the strong winning culture we built last year. Unfortunately, my season ended in early October when I dislocated my right knee and then realized I had torn my MPFL in my knee. I had surgery and have been recovering for my return to the ice in March. This injury has allowed me to focus on what it is like to support the team off the ice, whether it’s building relationships with my new teammates at practice or other ways.
“A little bit of adversity never hurt anybody, and I am excited to return to the ice with the team within the next few months.”
Costabile is a stay-at-home defenseman who can move the puck out of their defensive zone, and he’s never afraid to block shots.
SLAPSHOTS WITH… DAVID COSTABILE
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Duncan Keith
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Football
Favorite Pro Athlete: Kyle Fuller (Chicago Bears cornerback)
Favorite App: Snapchat
Favorite TV Show: The office
Favorite Pregame Meal: Pasta and grilled chicken
Celebrity You’d Like To Meet: Kevin Hart
Best Hockey Tip: “Always keep your head up when you have the puck; you don’t realize how much space you really have until you look. If you have your head up, you’re going to avoid turning the puck over to the other team, and you won’t get hit as hard or often because you’ll see it coming.” – Joe Corvo, who coached Costabile for the Chicago Blues
Teammate Who You Could See As A Hockey Coach: Joe Clemente
Hardest Slapshot On York JV: Luke Dizillo
Most Accurate Shot: Ryan Booth
Fastest Skater: Tyler Peiffle
One Pregame Song: Lose Yourself by Eminem
Favorite Sports Movie: Moneyball
Best High School Uniforms (other than York): Glenbrook North’s home black jerseys
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.