Dave Strader, who was known as "The Voice" of the NHL, died Sunday at the age of 62 following a long battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer.
Strader had most recently been the play-by-play announcer for the Stars, but called many national broadcasts over his career. Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season, but received his cancer diagnosis following that season.
It is with sad news that we announce that Dave Strader has passed away this morning at the age of 62. pic.twitter.com/CMlpJAQn01— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 1, 2017
"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 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. More importantly, he was a tremendous husband, father, grandfather and friend and we will miss him deeply. Our sincerest prayers and condolences are directed to his wife Colleen and their entire family."
Strader, who is survived by his wife, Connie, their three sons and two grandchildren, worked for NBC Sports prior to joining the Stars. He was part of NBC's broadcast team during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. He also worked the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the basketball play-by-play announcer.
Strader was the play-by-play voice for the Coyotes for four seasons and the Panthers for two seasons before joining NBC in 2011. He was with ESPN from 1996-2004 as the network's primary play-by-play announcer for NHL games and spent 11 years as the voice of the Red Wings prior to joining ESPN.
The entire Detroit #RedWings organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Strader... pic.twitter.com/nPHK9Gdbzn— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 1, 2017
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, the Glen Falls, N.Y., native began his broadcasting career in 1979 as the voice of the AHL Adirondack Red Wings. Strader was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in April while he was still underdoing cancer treatments. Though his ailment caused the Stars to replace him in the booth late in the season, Strader said in April calling hockey games was "the best medicine ever, the best part of therapy.”