Dave Strader, who enjoyed a successful 38-year career as a broadcaster and play-by-play man for multiple National Hockey League teams, succumbed to complications resulting from a rare form of bile duct cancer on Sunday. He was 62 years old.
The man known simply as "The Voice" was presented the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award earlier this year by the Hockey Hall of Fame, an award given each year to a member of the radio or television industry in recognition of an outstanding career in broadcasting.
Strader's career in hockey began with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings before being promoted to the big-league club in 1985. He also spent time calling puck for ESPN's National Hockey Night before stints with the Panthers, Coyotes and Stars, as well as national games for NHL International and NBCSN. His resume includes three Olympics, 18 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals and enshrinement into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the 2017 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the sport's highest honor for broadcasting. He will be honored at the HHOF NHL Media Awards Luncheon on November 13.
Strader was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, an aggressive and rare form of bile duct cancer, in May of 2016. The Dallas Stars announced Sunday that that he had died in his home in Glen Falls, New York. He is survived by his wife Colleen, his two sons Christopher and Casey, and two grandchildren.