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ECHL honors Chase as Broadcaster of the Year

During a banquet in 2012, Bob Chase poses with the Lester Patrick Award he received from USA Hockey and the National Hockey League. News-Sentinel file photo
During a banquet in 2012, Bob Chase poses with the Lester Patrick Award he received from USA Hockey and the National Hockey League. News-Sentinel file photo

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League announces award in Las Vegas

Thursday, June 19, 2014 02:30 pm
While looking forward to his 62nd year calling games with the Fort Wayne Komets, Bob Chase has been named the ECHL's Broadcaster of the Year. The honor was announced Thursday at the league's annual meetings in Las Vegas.``I have more respect for the league now because of the way they respect their elders,'' Chase, 88, joked. ``They had to bypass a lot of great young talent to do this.''

Of the Komets' 504 playoff games during their 62-year history, Chase has called 498 of them. Of the Komets' 4,638 regular-season games, Chase has likely called around 4,400 of those. The Komets retired No. 40 for Chase in 1993 to honor his 40th season with the team.

``I never saw this coming,'' Chase said. ``The generosity of hockey never stops. You never plan for these kind of things which makes them even more special.''

The award is determined by a vote of ECHL broadcasters and media relations directors.

In 1993, to celebrate his 40th season with the Komets, the International Hockey League named its Broadcaster of the Year Award for Chase. That same season, the Komets added No. 40 to their retired jersey banners to honor Chase.

Among the many broadcasting awards Chase has received include induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2004, induction into the Indiana Broadcast Association Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2000 and receiving the Lester Patrick Award from USA Hockey and the National Hockey League in 2012 for dedication to the sport in the United States.

The Komets were also honored for having the ECHL's Website of the Year.

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For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blakesebring and at his blog www.tailingthekomets.com.

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