Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kelly Chase
Kelly Chase was always a battler and he knew that tough, aggressive play was going to be his only chance at making it to the NHL. Not blessed with an abundance of size or talent, Chase depended on a strong work ethic and never backed down from anyone who came looking for a challenge.

After two years of junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Chase was not drafted by any NHL team. He had come off a 46-point season in 68 games, but that stat that really stood out was his 285 minutes in penalties. He decided to return to junior hockey as an overage player in 1987-88 in an effort to draw some attention from the NHL scouts. If his 21 goals and 55 assists didn't do it, then 343 minutes in penalties certainly did. The St. Louis Blues signed him to a free agent contract and he reported to the team's IHL affiliate in Peoria the following season.

As a member of the Peoria Rivermen, Chase racked up an astounding 278 minutes in penalties in just 38 games with the club while somehow managing to find time to score 14 goals and 21 points. The Blues took notice of this rugged style and called him up for 43 games the following year where he amassed 244 penalty minutes in just 43 games. Chase realized that he was in the NHL for one thing - to fight.

In 1990-91, he kept his fists in tune with a plethora of fights in Peoria, collecting 406 minutes in penalties. He played in only two games for St. Louis that season but did manage time to find a fight partner on three occasions. Chase remained in the Blues' organization through the 1993-94 season, never scoring more than two goals or seven points in a season.

Chase joined the Hartford Whalers in the shortened 1994-95 season where he played until midway through the 1996-97 season when he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs for two games, picking up 27 minutes in penalties. He returned to St. Louis for the 1997-98 season, where he had four goals and seven points, while spending a more controlled 231 minutes in the box over 67 games. Chase retired after the 1999-2000 season having appeared in 458 games, scoring 17 goals and 53 points with 2,007 minutes in penalties.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Humboldt Broncos SJHL
1985-86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 57 7 18 25 172 10 3 4 7 37
1986-87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 68 17 29 46 285 11 2 8 10 37
1987-88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70 21 34 55 343 9 3 5 8 32
1988-89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 38 14 7 21 278
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 1 3 4 244 -1 9 1 0 1 46
1989-90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 10 1 2 3 76
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 1 0 1 15 +1 6 0 0 0 18
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 61 20 34 54 406 10 4 3 7 61
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 1 2 3 264 -6 1 0 0 0 7
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 2 5 7 204 -9
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 2 5 7 278 -5 4 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 0 4 4 141 +1
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 2 4 6 230 -4
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 1 2 3 122 +2
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 27 0
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 4 3 7 231 +10 7 0 0 0 23
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 3 7 10 143 +2
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 0 1 1 118 -5
NHL Totals 458 17 36 53 2017 27 1 1 2 100


King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1998) NHL Foundation Player Award (1998) Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, February 23, 1988. Claimed by Hartford from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, January 18, 1995. Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Toronto's 8th round pick (Hartford/Carolina selected Jaroslav Svoboda) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 18, 1997. Traded to St. Louis by Toronto for future considerations, September 30, 1997.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to knee injury vs. Dallas, November 8, 1999.
Officially announced retirement and named radio colour analyst on St. Louis Blues' broadcast team, July 28, 2000.
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