Hockey broadcasting icon Dave Strader, who called Dallas Stars games the past two seasons, passed away Sunday morning after a more than year-long battle with cancer, the team announced. 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.
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.More news: 1st Test: All three results possible as day five begins
In April, the Hockey Hall of Fame presented Strader with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his contributions as a broadcaster. Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season, but received his cancer diagnosis following that season.
He called five Stars games in 2016-17, including an emotional return to the broadcast booth on February 18. He will be recognized at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon on November 13 in Toronto, after which his award plaque will be displayed in the institution's Esso Great Hall. Prior to his work with the Stars, he was a play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League on NBC. He brought his passion of the game into his work and it showed in his voice and in his enthusiasm during games. It was the first year of the Adirondack Red Wings and what a great job for a local guy to get with the new pro team. Dave Strader was as humble a Hall of Famer as you will ever meet.More news: Benjamin Mendy's season in doubt after confirmation of ACL injury
"The entire Detroit Red Wings organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Strader", the team tweeted.
Stars president and CEO Jim Lites says Strader's "voice is synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe and he built a connection for so many fans to this game".More news: NRL Grand Final Betting Preview: North Queensland vs. Melbourne Odds
The entire Flyerdelphia staff would like to express our condolences to the Strader family in these very hard times.