Yet another sports legend sadly passed forth yesterday. Bob Chase, a renowned Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster, passed away at the age of 90. Chase has left a deep mark in the history of ECHL.
Stephen Franke, CEO of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club said, “He was the voice of Komet hockey my entire life, he knew more about the history of Komet hockey than anyone. He was a good man who made life a little more special for the rest of us.”
The Komets retired the number 40 in Chase’s honor as he celebrated his 40th season as a Fort Wayne broadcaster in 1993 and inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2003 to celebrate his 50th season.
Chase had a stunning 63 seasons under his belt behind the Komets’ microphone. During this period, he covered the ups and down of the team including their nine league championship titles.
It is estimated that Chase covered more than 4500 games throughout his career, a feat that did not go unnoticed. He received numerous well-deserved recognitions for his work, including an introduction to the Indiana Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the prestigious Lester Patrick Award in 2012 for incredible contribution to the sport of hockey.
Many of the Fort Wayne officials have expressed that Chase’s presence will be missed dearly, especially among his family and fans.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Komet family as they mourn the loss of a legend.
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