Analyst - NHL Tonight
Having spent 12 years in the NHL as a player as well as 12 years working in broadcasting and marketing with the St. Louis Blues, Kelly Chase brings a unique and well-rounded perspective as an analyst for NHL Network and its flagship program NHL Tonight.
Chase first made it to the NHL as a player during the 1989-90 season after signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Blues. He would play for St. Louis, Toronto and the Hartford Whalers for parts of 11 seasons, compiling 17 goals, 36 assists and 2,017 penalty minutes. Chase displayed a measure of grit and toughness throughout his career, making him the only player in Blues history to make the team as an undrafted player and play in more than 400 games.
Since retiring following the 2000 season, Chase has worked for the Blues as well as ESPN, FOX Sports, VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network), CBC and now NHL Network. He has also worked as a color commentator for KMOX in St. Louis and was a participant on the hit CBC show Battle of the Blades.
In addition to his contributions to hockey, Chase has received accolades off the ice as well. He was the 1998 winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with the Gateway Project, an organization that helps mentally challenged children participate in athletics. Chase is also a three-time recipient of St. Louis Mayor's award for community service for athletes and in 2008 was awarded the Jack Buck Award for his dedication to sports in St. Louis by the Missouri Athletic Club.
Chase and his wife Raelynn, have three boys, Will, Ben and Luke.