ST. LOUIS - Former St. Louis Blues player and current team broadcaster Kelly Chase has been named the 2008 recipient of the Jack Buck Award, presented by the Missouri Athletic Club. The award, which was established in 1987, is presented annually to an individual in recognition of the enthusiastic and dedicated support of sports in St. Louis.
Chase was a popular player whose feisty style endeared himself with fans. After retiring from his playing career, Chase has remained a part of the St. Louis sports community. In 1993, he established the Gateway Locomotives, which teaches the sport of hockey to handicapped individuals. In 1998, Chase received the King Clancy award from the NHL, which is given to the player who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.
Over the years, the award has honored an impressive list of distinguished honorees: August A. Busch, Jr. (1987), Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra (1989), Stan Musial (1994), Bill DeWitt (1996), Martin Mathews (1997) and John Davidson (2007).
Chase was honored at the Jack Buck Sports Awards Banquet on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. Other distinguished sports figures honored that evening include University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, former football Cardinals head coach and assistant coach with the Rams Jim Hanifan received the “Legends” Award, and KSDK sportscaster Frank Cusumano received the Burnes/Broeg Award.