Hop­ing to make an im­pact

Pasadena’s Cameron Costello hopes prep school hockey is a stride to­wards play­ing col­lege hockey

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WESTERN STAR dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Pasadena teen play­ing hockey at On­tario prep school.

The Friendly Giant.

A fit­ting ref­er­ence for Pasadena’s Cameron Costello when com­par­ing his gen­tle de­meanour with his brute phys­i­cal­ity.

Costello is soft-spo­ken and re­served at 15 years of age, but he’s cer­tainly a phys­i­cal pres­ence cruis­ing down the left side with his six-foot-three — six-foot-five if you in­clude the skates — and 210pound frame on skates.

The for­mer for­ward with the Western Kings AAA ban­tam hockey team is hop­ing to make his pres­ence known as a rookie with Peter­bor­ough Countty’s Lake­field Col­lege Prep School in the Cana­dian In­de­pen­dent School Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (CISAA) Di­vi­sion II hockey league. Costello isn’t known for his ex­plo­sive speed or knack around the net, a half dozen as­sists in 28 games with the Kings last sea­son is a good in­di­ca­tion of that, but his phys­i­cal brand of hockey cre­ated room for some of the smaller team­mates and he held his own crash­ing and bang­ing in the cor­ners for loose pucks.

He knows the team was in­ter­ested in him be­cause of his size and phys­i­cal­ity so he knows what he has to do once he gets set­tled in with his new team­mates, which will of­fi­cially get un­der­way this week­end with a num­ber of work­outs planned for the squad.

“Tak­ing the body is pretty much my game,” Costello said Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Costello has as­pi­ra­tions of play­ing the game at the col­lege or univer­sity level when he grad­u­ates from high school. He at­tended sev­eral show­case tour­na­ments in At­lantic Canada over the past cou­ple of years and spoke with a cou­ple of schools about play­ing hockey there this sea­son and he de­cided Lake­field was the right fit for him af­ter tak­ing a visit to Peter­bor­ough ear­lier this sum­mer. He fig­ured the best way to im­prove his chances of find­ing his way was to move away and is happy with his de­ci­sion in the early go­ing and plans on mak­ing the most of it by work­ing hard on and off the ice.

“It’s a bet­ter way to get no­ticed,” she said. “I want to play col­lege or univer­sity hockey and re­ally the only way to get no­ticed is go to dif­fer­ent places and play.”

He’s all about be­ing friendly as he gets ad­justed to a new home and new bud­dies, but he don’t want any­body to think for a sec­ond that he’s not will­ing to pun­ish bodies to get where he wants to go.

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Pasadena’s Cameron Costello is hop­ing to make an im­pact with his size and phys­i­cal­ity in his rookie sea­son at Lake­field Col­lege Prep School.

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