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Daughter of Bob Chase remembers father’s legacy at Kelly Cup playoff game

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- The legendary Bob Chase's daughter says she could feel her fathers presence in the jungle Wednesday night.

"I did bring his headphones with me on this trip because he's there and he's talking and my mom is sitting right there beside him and they're laughing and celebrating this exciting time," Karin Thomsen said.

Bob Chase saw the Komets win several championships and Thomsen says he wouldn't have missed this one for the world.

"He would have been here early tonight and he would've stayed a little bit later than usual. Lots of that excitement and all the guys that have been around for so many years and so much to talk about and the history of it all and where we're going with it. Yeah he would be thriving right now," Thomsen said.

For more than 60 years Chase was the presenter for the Komet's, throughout his career he called more than 4500 games. Everyone in Fort Wayne knew his voice and his name.

"He said he never worked a day in his life, he loved being here, he loved working for the Franke's and he loved being apart of the Komets organization and that's what he instilled in me," Thomsen said.

She said it felt amazing to be back home cheering the K's on. She just wishes her dad could've been there to witness all the magic.

"I mean his energy for being 90, his energy was so high this is what gave him that life and that love he would've done it until he was 100," Thomsen said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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