Joseph Castro, Jr.
Year Inducted: 1999
Joe Castro exemplified all that was good about collegiatehockey. For that reason, it is no wonder why Brown hockey will bemissing something special when their 1999-2000 season kicks off.Joe retired in March, after the hockey team was eliminated from theECAC Playoffs, ending his 34 years of service to Brown men’sice hockey. He worked under seven different head coaches andstitched, taped, and bandaged hundreds of Bears icers through histime at Brown.
He first started his athletic-injury career while he was playingbaseball in the service. When Joe first came to Brown, hewasn’t just the ice hockey trainer. He also served as thetrainer to many Brown lacrosse and soccer teams in the 1960s and70s. In addition to those duties, he would work a double onSaturdays in the fall, running to the football game to help headtrainer Frank George after his soccer game had ended.
During his time at Brown, Joe was always determined to remain upto date in his care of Brown student-athletes. From his first ankletape of a sprinter named John Robinson (now Dean Robinson) to thelast hockey player he tended to, he always wanted to be state ofthe art. He did this by attending sixty hours of continuingeducation every three years right up to his retirement.
While his medical ability was unparalleled, he was much morethan a trainer. Toward the end of his career, he started doublingas Brown’s men’s ice hockey equipment manager, skatesharpener, and team travel coordinator. While his on-ice dutieswere essential to the team’s success, his character may havebeen even more essential. His story-telling, known to all Brownicers, his unmatched good-natured personality, and his heartfeltconcern for those around him made Joe Castro someone people alwayswanted around. For that reason, it was rare for Brown to go on theroad and not have an ex-player make a special effort to stop by andsay hi to Joe.
His efforts were finally recognized when he received the 199 JimFullerton Award (named in memory of Brown’s former hockeycoach and Joe’s first mentor at Brown) presented by theAmerican Hockey Coaches Association in recognition of distinguishedservice to the sport of collegiate hockey. No player, coach, oradministrator ever gave more of their time to the sport than Joedid, and no one may ever in the future.
Joe is now retired and currently living in EastProvidence.