Kelly Chase

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Kelly Chase
Born (1967-10-25) October 25, 1967 (age 50)
Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Hartford Whalers
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1988–2000

Kelly Wayne Chase (born October 25, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 458 games in the National Hockey League, and current radio sportscaster. He currently serves as the color commentator for St. Louis Blues radio broadcasts on KMOX radio in St. Louis. He is an uncle of Gregory Chase, who was drafted 188th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Chase played a tough, physical game that earned him a reputation as an enforcer as well as many penalty minutes, a statistic in which he led the WHL in 1987–88 while playing with the Saskatoon Blades. Before that he played with the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.[1][2]

In spite of putting up decent numbers in his last year of Major Junior Hockey with 55 points in 70 games with the Saskatoon Blades in 1987-88, all NHL teams took a pass on Chase in the 1988 Entry Draft. His significant penalty minutes (343) may have contributed to many teams' reticence on drafting a player who would take numerous penalties. However, in 1988, Chase was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Blues, and spent the majority of the three following seasons with the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL. Chase subsequently became a regular on the Blues' bench, with his play on the ice and quick wit off the ice earning him a spot in the hearts of Blues fans.

In January 1995, the Hartford Whalers selected Chase in the NHL Waiver Draft. Chase would spend most of the next three seasons with the Whalers before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997. Prior to the 1997–98 season, Chase was reacquired by the Blues for future considerations. It was at the end of that season that Chase was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his charity work with the Gateway Special Hockey Program, a program started by Chase in the early 1990s to help those with developmental disabilities participate in organized hockey.

Chase retired from professional hockey on July 28, 2000 and is currently the color commentator for St. Louis Blues radio broadcasts on KMOX.[1] On December 15, 2008, Chase was presented with the 2008 Jack Buck Award, for his enthusiasm and dedication to sports in the city of St. Louis, Mo. Chase also participated on the Canadian Broadcasting's (CBC) Battle of the Blades which is figure skating version of Dancing With The Stars in 2010.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 57 7 18 25 172 10 3 4 7 37
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 68 17 29 46 317 11 2 8 10 37
1987–88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70 31 24 55 343 9 3 5 8 32
1988–89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 38 14 7 21 278
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 1 3 4 244 9 1 0 1 46
1989–90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 10 1 2 3 76
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 1 0 1 15 6 0 0 0 18
1990–91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 61 20 34 54 406 10 4 3 7 61
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 1 2 3 264 1 0 0 0 7
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 2 5 7 204
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 2 5 7 278 4 0 1 1 6
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 0 4 4 141
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 2 4 6 230
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 1 2 3 122
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 27
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 4 3 7 231 7 0 0 0 23
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 3 7 10 143
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 0 1 1 118
NHL totals 458 17 36 53 2017 27 1 1 2 100

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chase, Kelly (April 26, 2018). "For Humboldt". The Players' Tribune-Hockey. The Players' Tribune. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kelly Chase: It was dream to play in Humboldt where the whole town embraces the team". TSN. April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 

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Preceded by
Trevor Linden
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
1998
Succeeded by
Rob Ray