New York (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Two longtime pillars of the American hockey community, Washington Capitals executive Dick Patrick and Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase/Wallenstein have been named recipients of the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It 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. The recipients will be honored during the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration in Dallas on Oct. 15.
A grandson of Lester Patrick and son of former Rangers player and coach Muzz Patrick, Dick Patrick has carried on the unparalleled tradition of franchise building long established by America's first hockey family. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he grew up in the United States, played college hockey at Dartmouth and earned his law degree from American University.
A legendary and pioneering broadcaster for radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bob Chase/Wallenstein this season will work his 60th season of Fort Wayne Komets hockey.
Bob Chase hails from Negaunee, Michigan, where he was born Jan. 22, 1926. He was raised in Marquette, Michigan and after high school joined the U.S. Navy where he served from 1943-1947. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Chase entered Northern Michigan University at Marquette and graduated in 1952. While in college, Chase started his radio career in Marquette in 1949.
Chase moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to begin his radio career at WOWO AM 1190 in 1953 which included broadcasting Komet hockey games starting with the 1953-54 season. Chase also broadcast play-by-play of high school basketball and served in additional aspects of radio from disc jockey to sales, marketing and promotions director. The legendary broadcaster retired his position as WOWO Sports Director in 2009, but continues to provide the Fort Wayne radio outlet with commentaries and various news contributions.
Chase has called all nine Fort Wayne's league championships and 12 regular season titles during his six decades of broadcasting Komet hockey. The upcoming 2012-13 campaign, Fort Wayne's inaugural ECHL season, will be Chase's 60th anniversary season behind the Komets' microphone radio-rinkside and can be heard on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3
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