Fort Wayne, IN -- This Friday night when
the Komets host the Evansville IceMen at 8pm, Komet radio broadcaster Bob Chase will share the Fort Wayne broadcast booth with special guest
Mike “Doc” Emrick for the entire game as it is aired on WOWO AM 1190 and FM
92.3. The game will also be carried
worldwide at Xfinity KometCast at www.komets.com.
is celebrating his 60th anniversary behind the Komet microphone this
season and is partnered by former Komet goaltender Robbie
Irons at home games. Emrick
is enjoying his 40th career season as a professional hockey
broadcaster. Currently, Emrick is the
lead announcer for The NHL on NBC and has credited Chase with inspiring him to
enter the field of hockey broadcasting. Emrick grew up in northeast Indiana near Wabash and was first introduced
to ice hockey while listening to Chase announce the play-by-play of Komet
hockey games on WOWO radio.
“Although my parents took my brother Dan and me to our first game in 1960 at
the Coliseum, I first met Bob at WOWO radio in 1966 when I was a student at Manchester working on a
school project on sports broadcasting,” Emrick said. “He was very generous of his time that day at
the station and has been ever since. To
be in the same booth with him and one of my favorite Komets, Robbie Irons, will be one of the most special nights
of my 40 years in hockey. It will be fun
to be a passenger while Bob drives the bus.”
Chase recently was awarded the NHL U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Lester Patrick
Trophy honoring him for his service to hockey in the United States. Emrick is also a recipient of the Lester
Patrick Trophy, awarded in 2004. It is
believed that Friday night will mark the first time two Lester Patrick Trophy
winners have paired to broadcast a professional hockey game.
Komet fans are encouraged to bring their earphones and listen on their mobile
devices as they watch the action live at the coliseum Friday night. Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket
Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com.