Director of Operations, Media Relations, Play-by-Play Broadcaster
The 2021-22 season is the first for Ashley Chase with the Norsemen. A 12-year media veteran, Ashley is originally from Western Pennsylvania and has spent the last six years in Pittsburgh working in various media roles including positions at Robert Morris University and the TribLive High School Sports network following a six-year stretch in local sports television. Ashley served as the university’s social media manager, following three years in athletic communications working with the NCAA Division I men’s hockey team. She was a contributor and broadcaster for Pittsburgh’s TribLive HSSN for hockey, football, basketball, baseball and softball, and also filled that role for various local outlets.
Prior to that, Ashley worked as a sports anchor and reporter in local television markets for six years in Sioux City, Iowa; Burlington, Vt. and Johnstown/State College, Pa., where she covered all levels of hockey, ranging from the NAHL and USHL to the NCAA and NHL. On television and as a freelance sports journalist, Ashley covered the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Playoff appearances from 2012 until 2019, at both WJAC-TV and for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. A 2009 graduate of Morningside University, Ashley began her broadcast career in Sioux City, both at the college level and with local Fox Sports Radio affiliate, interning with and working alongside the voice of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, Curtis Anderson.
Mark Harstad comes to the Norsemen with many years of professional sales experience and a true passion for the game of hockey. Mark has extensive experience in the food service, food brokerage, and food distribution industries. During his career, Mark worked throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Mark loves to talk hockey and is a student of the game. He’s also a proud “sports Dad” as two of his sons played junior and college hockey while the third played college football.
Mark graduated from St Cloud State University where he majored in Physical Education and earned a minor in Vocational Education. After college, before embarking on his sales career, he taught business & life skills and coached at Sartell High School for three years.
Mark has a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion that will help the Norsemen tremendously in the Central Minnesota market both on and off the ice.