"To prepare, I got the rosters of the teams and studied them till the players were like members of my own family. Then, just before game time, I noticed that the Johnstown owner had sprung for new uniforms -- all the numbers were different.
"There was no time to relearn the numbers, so when the first Johnstown player on the ice was a guy wearing number 2 named Fran ois Ouimet, I decided that he was about to play the game of his life."
Costas continued, with a big grin on his face, "No matter what the play, Fran ois was in on it. He scored all the goals and even assisted on his own. He checked everybody, including himself, into the boards. He was in on every play. He was everywhere."
Things picked up for Costas, who has become one of the icons of the broadcasting industry.
Many of the attendees were alumni from the early days of the station, when it was housed in a metal prefab building adjacent to then Archbold Stadium. Following the "meet and greet" part of the event, the alumni were treated to a tour of the station's Ostrom Avenue facility -- a far cry from the facility many remember from the early days of the late 40s through the 1970s before a move to the Newhouse School and then to the current site in 2003.
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