Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dave Strader, broadcasting legend and Stars play-by-play man, dies at 62

Dave Strader, broadcasting legend and Stars play-by-play man, dies at 62

Strader spent the last two season handling the play-by-play duties for the Dallas Stars, continuing to call games both locally and nationally following his cancer diagnosis in June 2016. At the conclusion of that season he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer.

He was only able to call five games for the team during the following season. "That's a unique skill as a play-by-play guy to make sure that the stars of the game are the analysts, and he did it in a way with no ego, but loved the game and shared that love every time you watched a game that he broadcast".

Dave Strader at a Washington Capitals' playoff game in April.

Known as "The Voice", Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this year.

He has been a team broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars, as well as calling nationally televised games for ESPN, ABC, Fox and NBC. He will be honored for that award in November in Toronto. At NBC, Strader broadcast NHL games as well as hockey for the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Additionally, he called national games in ESPN from 1996 to 2004, taking over for the late Tom Mees, also getting the opportunity to scratch a longtime basketball itch and call play-by-play for college basketball, the WNBA, and NBA's D-League.

The original broadcaster for the American Hockey League's Red Wings in 1979, Strader began calling NHL games since 1985, when he left Glens Falls. "We send comfort and condolences to his wife, Colleen, their children and grandchildren and all whose hockey experience was improved by the sound of Dave's voice".

The Red Wings released a statement saying they are "saddened" to learn of Strader's passing. "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many.

Strader is survived by his wife, Colleen, son Christopher and wife Karen, their daughter Sydney (granddaughter) and beloved Boston terrier Lady Stanley, son Casey and wife Dr. Mary, their son Charles (grandson), and son Trevor.

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