Kelly Chase #39 of the St. Louis Blues stick handles the puck during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Coyotes defeated the Blues 2-0.

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Kelly Chase Leaving Blues Radio Booth: 'I've Always Wanted To Be Part Of The St. Louis Blues'

He worked with play-by-play broadcaster Chris Kerber for the entirety of his 18 years on the mic.

June 18, 2018 - 10:34 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Kelly Chase will no longer be in the radio broadcast booth, the St. Louis Blues announced, Monday and will begin a new role within the organization. 

Chase told StLouisBlues.com that the decision came after "a lot of careful thought and consideration." 

"It's tough for me to say I don't want to broadcast games anymore, but this decision is mine and it's time for a change," Chase told stlouisblues.com. "(Former Blue) Garth Butcher was a guy I respected a great deal. He said to me at the end of his career that he knew he could play longer, but that it was someone else's turn.… I think that's where I'm at. It's someone else's turn."

He worked with play-by-play broadcaster Chris Kerber for the entirety of his 18 years on the mic. 

"I learned a lot about the NHL in a hurry from 'Chaser,'" Kerber told StLouisBlues.com. "I had just come up from the minor leagues, and he took me under his wing. He introduced me to people, helped me build relationships with players and that was a huge start to the success we've had together."

Kerber will remain the voice of the Blues on KMOX. A new color commentator has yet to be named. 

Before Chase's broadcast career, he played 458 NHL regular-season games across 12 seasons, including 8 years with the Blues as one of the most popular enforcers in franchise history.

He will begin a new role in the Blues organization in business and community development with the Blues and an opportunity to get involved in real estate development for the Discovery Land Company. He says he will also enjoy his new opportunity to attend Blues games and be closer to the fans and his family. 

"I'll be able to sit down and watch a game or sit with a sponsor or client or someone that's been part of our community and talk with them on a different level," Chase told StLouisBlues.com. "It's going to be a huge change for me. I've never sat down and watched the game with the fans. I'm going to get their perspective on things and help make it a better experience for them. And I've never sat down and watched a game with my sons, who are ages 19, 17 and 15. I'm finally going to get to do that now.

"I've always wanted to be part of the St. Louis Blues and I'm grateful I have a chance in a different role that won't consume as much of my time as broadcasting did. I have absolutely wonderful kids and a great wife who has been very patient with my job. It's going to be a change for everybody and I'm expecting it will be positive."