2007-08: Jeff Costello spent the season at Catholic Memorial (USHS), where he potted 31 goals and 48 assists in 22 games.
2008-09: This was Costello’s first season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL). In 54 games he registered 24 markers and 33 points, racking up 73 penalty minutes along the way. Costello was chosen in the fifth round, 146th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
2009-10: In 54 games with Cedar Rapids, Costello would hit the back of the net 29 times and add 19 assists. He was named to the 2010 USHL All-Star game.
2010-11: Costello skated in all 44 games for Notre Dame as a freshman. He scored 6 of his 12 goals for the Fighting Irish on the power play and had 6 assists. The big forward had the second-most penalty minutes (56) for Notre Dame behind freshman defenseman Stephen Johns (CHI) who had 98 PMs. Costello finished with a -4 plus/minus on a Fighting Irish team that was one of the most improved in the country and finished second in the CCHA.
2011-12: Costello battled through an injury-filled sophomore season in his second year at Notre Dame, missing five games after suffering an “upper body injury” in October and then missing another seven-game stretch at the end of January. In 28 games for the Fighting Irish he scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was minus-six with 58 penalty minutes. Three of his five goals were game-winning goals and two were scored on the power play. Notre Dame slipped to eighth in the CCHA and after sweeping Ohio State in an opening round playoff series lost to second-place Michigan in a pair of tightly contested quarterfinal game: finishing the year 19-18-3.
2012-13: Costello had a breakout season for Notre Dame in his junior year, finishing as the Notre Dame’s third-leading scorer behind Anders Lee (Islanders) and Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh). He scored 11 goals with 19 assists in 33 games and was +18 with 52 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish won the final CCHA playoff championship after finishing second to Miami in the regular season. Notre Dame lost to St. Cloud State in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
2013-14: Costello was a team captain for Notre Dame and skated in 40 games for the Fighting Irish in his senior season. He scored 13 goals with 9 assists and was +8 with 73 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished eighth in Hockey East in its first year in the conference. The Fighting Irish upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals. The Canucks acquired the rights to Costello from Ottawa in exchange for defensemen Patrick Mullen in March 2014. He was subsequently traded to Tampa Bay on draft day in June but was not signed by the Lightning, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
2014-15: Costello attended training camp with Tampa Bay as a free agent but was released and signed an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch. He skated in two October games with Syracuse. spending most of his first pro season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. He had no points nor penalties in two games with Syracuse. Costello skated in 28 games for the Everblades, suffering an upper-body injury in January 2015 that kept him out of all but two games the rest of the season. He scored 8 goals with 7 assists and had an even plus/minus with 26 penalty minutes. Florida finished first in the East Division and defeated Orlando in a first-round series before falling to South Carolina.
Costello is a feverishly hard worker both on and off the ice. He goes into the corners and works hard on the forecheck. He can take hits and deal them out though his hard-charging style has been rough on his own physical well-being at times. Costello is persistent at both ends of the ice and is a solid two-way player who will do what is asked.
Costello spent most of his first pro season with the ECHL's Florida Everblades in 2014-15, missing much of the season due to injury. Signed to a minor league contract, he will have to work his way up through minor league hockey to earn an NHL deal. Costello's attitude and combativeness suggest there is some potential as a lower line two-way forward. His injury history is a cause for concern.