Las Vegas–Today the hockey world lost an iconic voice as longtime hockey broadcaster Dave Strader has passed away at the age of 62 years of age from his battle with Bile Duct Cancer.
Strader to many who knew him was called “The Voice” and had a stellar career that spanned over 3-decades with calling games with the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes to the last team he called games for the Dallas Stars.
“The Voice” even called games on a national broadcast level over the course of his career with FOX, ESPN/ABC, and NBC/NBCSN.
While Doc Emrick was out of commission, Strader called the iconic “Winter Classic” matchup that featured the Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks at the famous Wrigley Field home of the Cubs baseball franchise.
Last season with the Dallas Stars organization Strader received the coveted Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his work and contributions over the course of his career in the business.
The hockey world reaction of Strader’s passing today on Social Media.
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland On The Passing Of Dave Strader
“The loss of Dave will certainly be felt throughout the hockey community,” said Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland. “I have known Dave since my days as a goaltender with the Adirondack Red Wings, and always considered him a great friend. He was one of the most iconic play-by-play announcers of his time and a true gentleman. He was a devoted husband and father, and his presence will be sorely missed in arenas throughout the league.” Per Detroit Red Wings
Here’s a video where Strader comes back to NBCSN one last time to call the Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
The NBC Family Welcomed Back Strader In The Booth
A Look Back As The Hockey World Showed Their Love And Support For Dave Strader Fight Against Bile Duct Cancer
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Issue’s Statement On Dave Strader’s Passing
“Dave Strader’s calls combined expertise, passion for our sport, the ultimate in professionalism and a calm command of the story of the moment. Dave didn’t just describe the action for a viewer, he brought you to the rink to sit next to him,” Commissioner Bettman said. “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. We send comfort and condolences to his wife, Colleen, their children and grandchildren and all whose hockey experience was improved by the sound of Dave’s voice.”