Dave Strader, 'The Voice' of the National Hockey League, dies at 62

Trevor Jackson
October 3, 2017

Dave Strader, the play-by-play announcer of the Dallas Stars, and a Glens Falls native.

Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season.

Strader was diagnosed in June 2016 with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and incurable form of cancer in the bile duct. The team is also working with the ECHL to get to wear stickers on the back of its helmets to honor him for the full season. They skated over towards the boards, looked right up at Strader in the broadcasting booth, and saluted him with their sticks held up high.

"Dave Strader's calls combined expertise, passion for our sport, the ultimate in professionalism and a calm command of the story of the moment".

STRADER will be honored with the FOSTER HEWITT Memorial Award by the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME in NOVEMBER. Prior to his work with the Stars, he was a play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League on NBC.

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Strader called games for the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes before joining the Stars. The Glens Falls native reached the height of the broadcasting profession, calling National Hockey League games for 4 different franchises and for media giants ESPN and NBC.

Strader's career in hockey began with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings before being promoted to the big-league club in 1985.

Detroit fans still regarded him affectionately long after he moved on from the Red Wings.

"Everyone who knew him, and everyone who was able to listen to him call games, is saddened to learn about the passing of Dave Strader", Dallas Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said in a statement. "His voice is synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe and he built a connection for so many fans to this game". "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many. "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".

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