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Chase named ECHL Broadcaster of the Year


PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that Bob Chase of the Fort Wayne Komets is the 2013-14 recipient of the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year award as determined in voting by league media relations directors and broadcasters.

The other finalists were Ryan Holt of the Bakersfield Condors, Mike Modugno of the Kalamazoo Wings, Bob Mills of the Orlando Solar Bears and Matt Melzak of the Toledo Walleye.

The 2013-14 season was Chase’s 61st season of broadcasting Komets hockey on WOWO-AM and he has served as the radio voice for the team for all but its first season in Fort Wayne. During Chase’s extended career with the Komets he has seen, and called, 12 regular-season titles and nine league championships over the course of more than 4,500 Komets’ games. The Komets retired the number 40 in Chase’s honor as he celebrated his 40th season behind the Fort Wayne microphone in 1993 and he was inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2003 in honor of his 50th season as Komets’ broadcaster.

Chase was named a recipient of the prestigious Lester Patrick Award in a ceremony held in Dallas, Texas Oct. 15, 2012. The Lester Patrick Trophy has been presented annually by the NHL and USA Hockey since 1966 to honor one’s contribution to ice hockey in the United States. The trophy is named after Lester Patrick (1883-1960), player and longtime coach of the New York Rangers.

ECHL Broadcaster Award Winners

   
YEARWINNERTEAM
   
2014Bob Chase
Fort Wayne Komets
   
2013Joseph Zakrzewski
South Carolina Stingrays
   
2012Bob Mills
Chicago Express
   
2011Josh BogoradAlaska Aces
   
2010Doug PlagensIdaho Steelheads
   
2009Josh HellerSouth Carolina Stingrays
   
2008Joe BabikFresno Falcons
 Brendan BurkeWheeling Nailers
   
2007Kevin ReiterFlorida Everblades
 Joe O’DonnellIdaho Steelheads
   
2006Dan WeissPhoenix RoadRunners
   
2005John MichaelJohnstown Chiefs
   
2004Jack MichaelsAlaska Aces
   
2003Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
   
2002Joe ZydloTrenton Titans