NMU Grad and Legendary Sports Broadcaster Dies

Chase (NHL.com photo)
Chase (NHL.com photo)

NMU alumnus Bob Chase, a longtime radio broadcaster for the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League and mentor to NHL play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick, died early Thursday. He was 90. Chase was born Robert Wallenstein in Negaunee, grew up in Marquette and graduated from NMU in 1952. He called Fort Wayne games for 63 seasons on WOWO-AM. Chase received numerous awards, including the prestigious Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. He was inducted into both the Indiana Sportswriters and Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Read a tribute here.

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November 28, 2016