Farewell to 'The Voice,' Dave Strader

Dave Strader, NHL broadcaster from Glens Falls, dies

When he passed away, he was only 62 years old.

"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 was named in April by the Hockey Hall of Fame as recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

After joining the Stars in the 2015-16 season, Starder was limited to calling just five games a year ago after his cholangiocarcinoma diagnosis.

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Prior to joining the Stars broadcast team, Strader spent four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, two of them paired with former ESPN analyst Brian Engblom (the two also worked together at ESPN in the late-1990s). 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. He was limited to working five games for the Stars last season. In addition to his work in hockey, Strader also worked for the WNBA, the NBA D-League, college basketball and the Olympics.

Strader received support from the Stars, who wore a microphone sticker with "DS" on it affixed to their helmets; fellow broadcasters around the league pinned the same logo to their lapels. 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.

"The entire Detroit Red Wings organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Strader", the team tweeted. So, on a day that is sad for so many reasons because we've lost truly one of the best in the business and, more than that, one of the best people, the brief time I knew Dave will always make me smile.

Strader is survived by wife Colleen; son Christopher, daughter-in-law Karen and granddaughter Sydney; son Casey, daughter-in-law Mary and grandson Charles; and son Trevor.

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