updated: 9/11/2012 4:57:02 PM
Fort Wayne Komets hockey broadcaster Bob Chase will receive the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy from the National Hockey League. Chase has called Komet games in Fort Wayne since 1953.
September 11, 2012
Washington Capitals executive Dick Patrick and long-time minor-league hockey broadcaster Bob Chase/Wallenstein will receive the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award will be presented during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration Oct. 15 in Dallas.
Patrick has a family relation to this award -- Lester Patrick is his grandfather.
Dick Patrick has been president of the Washington Capitals since the 1982-83 season. In the eight seasons prior to Patrick's arrival in Washington, the Capitals never made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the ensuing 29 seasons, the club has made 23 playoff appearances.
The 2012-13 season will mark the 60th season of Chase/Wallenstein broadcasting Fort Wayne Komets hockey games.
A native of Negaunee, Mich., Chase/Wallenstein arrived at radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1953 and began calling games for the Komets in what was their second season, and he's been in the booth ever since.
In addition to his play-by-play work in hockey, he was the broadcaster for the famed 1954 Milan High School run to the Indiana state boys' basketball championship that was immortalized in the film "Hoosiers."
The Lester Patrick Award was presented to the National Hockey League in 1966 by the New York Rangers and honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager, and was a pioneer in the sport's development.
Source: National Hockey League