Legendary Red Wings announcer Dave Strader loses battle with cancer


Strader was diagnosed in June 2016 with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and incurable form of cancer in the bile duct. Strader eventually got the call the National Hockey League in 1985 after spending six years with the Adirondack Wings, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, as the new TV voice in Detroit, where he was paired with Mickey Redmond and did so until 1996.

Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season.

"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", Stars President and CEO Jim Lites said in a press release.

Before his death, Strader and his wife established the Dave Strader Scholarship, given annually to a high school student from Glens Falls High School, alma mater of both Straders. He also worked the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the basketball play-by-play announcer.

The longest stint of Strader's career was spent with the Detroit Red Wings, literally promoted from the minors in Adirondack (where he called games for seven seasons) to their broadcast booth in 1985. More importantly, he was a tremendous husband, father, grandfather and friend and we will miss him deeply. "As we mourn Dave's passing, the National Hockey League honors his courage, his warmth, his contribution to hockey broadcasting and his adoring devotion to his family".

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Strader was the play-by-play voice for the Coyotes for four seasons and the Panthers for two seasons before joining NBC in 2011.

The entire Flyerdelphia staff would like to express our condolences to the Strader family in these very hard times.

He called five Stars games in 2016-17, including an emotional return to the broadcast booth on February 18.

Strader is survived by his wife, Colleen, three sons (Christopher, Casey and Trevor), and two grandchildren (Sydney and Charles).