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Chase's speech from Komets 2012 party

Longtime broadcaster Bob Chase talks about what made the 2011-12 Komets special, en route to their CHL title, and he announces (at the 6:00 mark) his intention to return for a 60th season. By Justin Cohn.

Chase returning; Franke talks roster

Here's a look at Bob Chase's speech during the Komets' end-of-season party, celebrating the Presidents' Cup championship.

Chase talks about different facets of what made this team successful and, at the 6:00 mark, he talks about his decision to return for his 60th season next fall.

Also, Komets general manager David Franke said an announcement on next season -- the Komets are expected to go to the ECHL -- will come before June 1.

"Look at this team. It really showed at times how good it could be and then it really showed it in the playoffs," Franke said. "Trust me, whatever league we're in, this team can play in either league. (But) there are some very good players on this team that won't be back next year (simply) because they'll get a better deal somewhere else. … Winning a championship gives you a good resume and you can market yourself better."

Make sure you buy a copy of The Journal Gazette on Friday, when we will have a special commemorative section you won't want to miss.

And I will have some exciting news on keepsakes you can purchase in the next couple of days.

In other news, the Komets raised more than $24,000 for charity through their annual jersey action.

Here's a look at how much the jerseys went for:

Mike Vaskivuo $2300

Nick Boucher $1500

Colin Chaulk $1500

Kaleigh Schrock$1500

Jamie Lovell $1200

Brent Henley $1100

Frankie DeAngelis $1000

J.M. Rizk $1000

David Starenky $1000

Brett Smith $1000

Chris Auger $800

Gerry Festa $800

Jamie Milam $800

Tyler Miller $800

Leo Thomas $800

Stephon Thorne $ 800

Bobby Chaumont $700

Daniel Maggio $700

Tom Mele $600

Bryant Molle $500

Dustin Molle $500

Derek Roehl $500

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at