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'''Dave Strader''' (February 24, 1955 – October 1, 2017) is an American sportscaster. He is currently the TV play-by-play announcer for the NHL Dallas Stars replacing Ralph Strangis. Until the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the #2 play-by-play (behind '''[[Mike Emrick]]''') for ''NHL on NBC'' and ''NHL on NBC Sports Network'', formerly Versus. Also, from 1997-2004 and again from 2006-2015 he broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals in English on the NHL's international feed.
 
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'''David Strader''' (February 24, 1955 – October 1, 2017<ref name=death/>) was an [[Americans|American]] [[sportscaster]], primarily known for his play-by-play commentary of [[ice hockey]]. During his career, he worked on telecasts for the [[Detroit Red Wings]], [[Florida Panthers]], [[Phoenix Coyotes]] and [[Dallas Stars]] of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also worked nationally in the United States for [[NHL on ESPN|ESPN]], [[NHL on ABC|ABC]], [[NHL on Versus|Versus]], [[NHL on NBC|NBC, and NBCSN]].
   
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On April 17, 2017 the [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] announced that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the [[Foster Hewitt Memorial Award]] for his outstanding contributions to play-by-play broadcasting of the game of ice hockey.<ref name="hhof">{{cite press release | url=https://www.hhof.com/pdf/media-release2017-media-award-winners.pdf | title=2017 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NHL MEDIA AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED | publisher=Hockey Hall of Fame | date=April 17, 2017}}</ref>
While hockey has been his primary focus, he has also called college basketball, WNBA, and NBDL games.
 
   
 
While hockey was his primary focus, he also called [[college basketball]], [[Women's National Basketball Association|WNBA]], and [[NBA Development League|NBA D-League]] games.
== Biography ==
 
A native of Glens Falls, New York, Strader honed his broadcasting skills in the college radio station WMUA 91.1 while studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
 
   
 
==Biography==
=== Broadcasting career ===
 
 
A native of [[Glens Falls, New York]], Strader honed his broadcasting skills at the college radio station [[WMUA]] 91.1 while studying for his [[Bachelor of Arts]] in [[Communication Studies]] at the [[University of Massachusetts Amherst]].
   
==== Local work ====
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===Broadcasting career===
Strader's professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL from 1979–1985. A two-time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984.
 
   
 
====Local work====
In 1985, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings called Strader up from the farm club and he took over the play-by-play duties, calling TV games on both WKBD and PASS Sports alongside [[Mickey Redmond|'''Mickey Redmond''']] until 1996. Strader called games for the Florida Panthers for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons when not calling games for NBC or Versus. Strader was hired by the Phoenix Coyotes on July 2, 2007. He was reunited with his former ESPN and ABC partner, Darren Pang, for Coyotes broadcasts for 2 seasons. With no television contract in place for Coyotes games, Pang left in 2009 to join the Blues. Strader was joined in the broadcast booth by former NHL player Tyson Nash.
 
 
Strader's professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the [[Adirondack Red Wings]] of the [[American Hockey League|AHL]] from 1979 to 1985. A two-time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984.
   
 
In 1985, the [[National Hockey League|NHL]]'s [[Detroit Red Wings]] called Strader up from the farm club, and he took over the play-by-play duties, calling TV games on both [[WKBD]] and [[PASS Sports]] alongside [[Mickey Redmond]] until 1996. Strader called games for the [[Florida Panthers]] for the [[2005–06 Florida Panthers season|2005–06]] and [[2006–07 Florida Panthers season|2006–07]] seasons when not calling games for [[NBC Sports|NBC]] or Versus. Strader was hired by the [[Phoenix Coyotes]] on July 2, 2007. He was reunited with his former [[ESPN]] and [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] partner, [[Darren Pang]], for Coyotes broadcasts for two seasons. With no television contract in place for Coyotes games, Pang left in 2009 to join the Blues. Strader was joined in the broadcast booth by former NHL player [[Tyson Nash]].
In July 2011, Strader left his position withPhoenix Coyotes to accept a full-time job with NBC/Versus. He joined the NHL Dallas Stars as their TV play-by-play voice at the start of the 2015–16 NHL season.
 
   
 
In July 2011, Strader left his position with the Coyotes to accept a full-time job with NBC/Versus. He joined the NHL Dallas Stars as their TV play-by-play voice at the start of the 2015-2016 NHL season.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=770643 |access-date=2015-06-12 |title=Dallas Stars name Dave Strader as new play-by-play announcer |date=2015-06-12 |publisher=Dallas Stars}}</ref>
==== National work ====
 
Following the death of longtime ESPN broadcaster [[Tom Mees]] in 1996, ESPN hired him to take the vacant play-by-play spot on ''National Hockey Night'' broadcasts. Strader was usually paired with [[Darren Pang|'''Darren Pang''']] on ESPN's #2 hockey broadcast team, later with '''[[Brian Engblom]]''' on ESPN's #3 hockey broadcast team. When ABC got the NHL broadcast network contract in 2000, Strader worked for them as well.
 
   
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In June 2016, Strader was diagnosed with [[cholangiocarcinoma]], a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer of the [[bile duct]].<ref>[https://www.nhl.com/stars/news/statement-from-dave-strader-on-his-cancer-diagnosis/c-282020646 "Statement from Dave Strader on his cancer diagnosis"] The Dallas Stars, September 21, 2016</ref> During a break in his treatment, he returned to the broadcast booth on February 18, 2017, a 4-3 overtime home win against the [[Tampa Bay Lightning]]. After the game, the Stars saluted Strader at center ice.<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2017/2/19/14661172/dallas-stars-dave-strader-cancer-stick-raise-tribute|title=Dallas Stars pay tribute to Dave Strader's comeback after missing a year battling cancer|last=Clarke|first=Mary|date=February 19, 2017|access-date=February 19, 2017|work=[[SB Nation]]}}</ref><ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2017/02/18/dallas-stars-raise-their-sticks-in-emotional-salute-to-dave-strader-after-announcer-returns-from-cancer/|title=Dallas Stars raise their sticks in emotional tribute to Dave Strader after announcer returns from cancer|last=Orland|first=Ian|date=February 18, 2017|newspaper=Russian Machine Never Breaks|access-date=February 19, 2017}}</ref>
He also called NHL games for FOX in the mid-1990s. Strader also provided hockey play-by-play for NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
 
   
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Strader broadcast all five games of that Dallas home stand including one on NBC. In April 2017, he also broadcast games in the first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the [[Washington Capitals]] and [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] on NBC networks.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2017/04/10/nbc-sports-groups-coverage-of-2017-stanley-cup-playoffs-begins-wednesday-night-with-five-games/|title=NBC SPORTS GROUP'S COVERAGE OF 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGINS WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH FIVE GAMES|date=2017-04-10|website=NBC Sports Pressbox|access-date=2017-04-18}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2017/04/14/nbc-sports-group-presents-12-nhl-stanley-cup-playoff-games-this-weekend-beginning-with-four-matchups-tonight/|title=NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS 12 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAMES THIS WEEKEND BEGINNING WITH FOUR MATCHUPS TONIGHT|date=2017-04-14|website=NBC Sports Pressbox|access-date=2017-04-18}}</ref>
He moved to NBC and Versus when they got the contracts in 2005. Strader served as a last-minute play-by-play replacement for Mike Emrick on NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009 when Emrick was unable to broadcast the game due to laryngitis.
 
   
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====National work====
Strader also called the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic on Versus, where the Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames in McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
 
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[[File:Dave Strader broadcasting NHL on NBC.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Dave Strader broadcasting NHL hockey for NHL on NBC (2015)]]
 
After long time [[ESPN]] broadcaster [[Tom Mees]] died from drowning in 1996, Strader was hired by the cable network to take the vacant play-by-play spot on ''[[NHL on ESPN|National Hockey Night]]'' broadcasts. Strader was usually paired with [[Darren Pang]] and [[Brian Engblom]] on the network's secondary hockey broadcast team. When [[NHL on ABC|ABC]] got the NHL broadcast network contract in 2000, Strader worked for them as well. He also called NHL games for [[NHL on Fox|Fox]] in the mid-1990s, and the Stanley Cup Finals for NHL International from 1997-2015.
   
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He moved to [[NHL on NBC|NBC]] and [[NHL on Versus|Versus]] when they got the NHL contracts in [[2005–06 NHL season|2005]]. Strader also provided hockey play-by-play for NBC's coverage of the [[2006 Winter Olympics]] in [[Turin, Italy]], the [[2010 Winter Olympics]] in [[Vancouver, British Columbia]], and the [[2014 Winter Olympics]] in [[Sochi, Russia]]. Strader served as a last-minute play-by-play replacement for [[Mike Emrick]] on NBC's coverage of the [[2009 NHL Winter Classic|NHL Winter Classic]] between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009, when Emrick was unable to broadcast the game due to [[laryngitis]]. Strader also called the [[2011 NHL Heritage Classic]] on Versus, where the [[Montreal Canadiens]] played the [[Calgary Flames]] at [[McMahon Stadium]] in [[Calgary]], [[Alberta]].
In 2012, Strader covered the Battle 4 Atlantis men's college basketball preseason tournament on the NBC Sports Network alongside Donny Marshall.
 
   
 
In 2012 Strader covered the [[Battle 4 Atlantis]] men's college basketball preseason tournament on the [[NBC Sports Network]] alongside [[Donny Marshall]].
== Death ==
 
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Strader died on October 1, 2017, at the age of 62 after his battle with cholangiocarcinoma.
 
 
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Strader died on October 1, 2017, at the age of 62 at his Glens Falls home,<ref>[https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/dave-strader-obituary?pid=186820381 obituary] at [[Legacy.com]]</ref> after his battle with [[cholangiocarcinoma|bile duct cancer]].<ref name=death>{{cite web|title=Dallas Stars mourn the passing of Dave Strader|url=https://www.nhl.com/stars/news/dallas-stars-stars-mourn-passing-of-dave-strader/c-291498308|website=Dallas Stars|access-date=8 September 2018}}</ref>
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The [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] had announced earlier that year on April 17 that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the [[Foster Hewitt Memorial Award]], but his actual induction ceremony was scheduled months later on November 13.<ref name="hhof"/> At the time of the announcement, Strader stated that he was looking forward to the ceremony, saying that it was the greatest honor he had ever received.<ref>{{cite news | url=https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-stars/stars/2017/04/17/dave-strader-looking-forward-accepting-hockey-hall-fame-award-isbest-treatment | title=Dave Strader looking forward to accepting Hockey Hall of Fame award, 'the best treatment of all for me' | publisher=Dallasnews.com | first=Mike | last=Heika | date=April 17, 2017}}</ref> Due to his death, Strader's sons accepted the award posthumously at the November induction ceremony on his behalf.<ref>{{cite AV media | title=Hockey Hall of Fame honors the late Dave Strader | publisher=Fox Sports Arizona | url=https://www.foxsports.com/arizona/video/1096618563954 | date=November 15, 2017}}</ref>
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20061118104359/http://www.sunsportstv.com/talents.jhtml?method=view&talent.id=29 Sunsport TV entry]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20070218225851/http://www.floridapanthers.com/Panthers/BroadCasters/ Florida Panthers entry]
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*[https://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2004-11-29-lockout-workers_x.htm USA Today article]
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*[http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/01/250936.html NHL news]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20070301044948/http://www.versus.com/nw/article/view/24076/?tf=OLNPressCenter_articles.tpl&UserDef=true Versus.com article]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20081014075754/http://coyotes.nhl.com/team/dave_strader_bio.htm Phoenix Coyotes entry]
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*[http://voice123.com/davestrader Voiceover artist page]
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Latest revision as of 12:57, 20 September 2021

Template:More footnotes David Strader (February 24, 1955 – October 1, 2017[1]) was an American sportscaster, primarily known for his play-by-play commentary of ice hockey. During his career, he worked on telecasts for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also worked nationally in the United States for ESPN, ABC, Versus, NBC, and NBCSN.

On April 17, 2017 the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to play-by-play broadcasting of the game of ice hockey.[2]

While hockey was his primary focus, he also called college basketball, WNBA, and NBA D-League games.

Biography[]

A native of Glens Falls, New York, Strader honed his broadcasting skills at the college radio station WMUA 91.1 while studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Broadcasting career[]

Local work[]

Strader's professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL from 1979 to 1985. A two-time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984.

In 1985, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings called Strader up from the farm club, and he took over the play-by-play duties, calling TV games on both WKBD and PASS Sports alongside Mickey Redmond until 1996. Strader called games for the Florida Panthers for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons when not calling games for NBC or Versus. Strader was hired by the Phoenix Coyotes on July 2, 2007. He was reunited with his former ESPN and ABC partner, Darren Pang, for Coyotes broadcasts for two seasons. With no television contract in place for Coyotes games, Pang left in 2009 to join the Blues. Strader was joined in the broadcast booth by former NHL player Tyson Nash.

In July 2011, Strader left his position with the Coyotes to accept a full-time job with NBC/Versus. He joined the NHL Dallas Stars as their TV play-by-play voice at the start of the 2015-2016 NHL season.[3]

In June 2016, Strader was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer of the bile duct.[4] During a break in his treatment, he returned to the broadcast booth on February 18, 2017, a 4-3 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the game, the Stars saluted Strader at center ice.[5][6]

Strader broadcast all five games of that Dallas home stand including one on NBC. In April 2017, he also broadcast games in the first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs on NBC networks.[7][8]

National work[]

File:Dave Strader broadcasting NHL on NBC.jpg

Dave Strader broadcasting NHL hockey for NHL on NBC (2015)

After long time ESPN broadcaster Tom Mees died from drowning in 1996, Strader was hired by the cable network to take the vacant play-by-play spot on National Hockey Night broadcasts. Strader was usually paired with Darren Pang and Brian Engblom on the network's secondary hockey broadcast team. When ABC got the NHL broadcast network contract in 2000, Strader worked for them as well. He also called NHL games for Fox in the mid-1990s, and the Stanley Cup Finals for NHL International from 1997-2015.

He moved to NBC and Versus when they got the NHL contracts in 2005. Strader also provided hockey play-by-play for NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Strader served as a last-minute play-by-play replacement for Mike Emrick on NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009, when Emrick was unable to broadcast the game due to laryngitis. Strader also called the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic on Versus, where the Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.

In 2012 Strader covered the Battle 4 Atlantis men's college basketball preseason tournament on the NBC Sports Network alongside Donny Marshall.

Death[]

Strader died on October 1, 2017, at the age of 62 at his Glens Falls home,[9] after his battle with bile duct cancer.[1]

The Hockey Hall of Fame had announced earlier that year on April 17 that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, but his actual induction ceremony was scheduled months later on November 13.[2] At the time of the announcement, Strader stated that he was looking forward to the ceremony, saying that it was the greatest honor he had ever received.[10] Due to his death, Strader's sons accepted the award posthumously at the November induction ceremony on his behalf.[11]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dallas Stars mourn the passing of Dave Strader". https://www.nhl.com/stars/news/dallas-stars-stars-mourn-passing-of-dave-strader/c-291498308. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite press release
  3. "Dallas Stars name Dave Strader as new play-by-play announcer". Dallas Stars. 2015-06-12. http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=770643. 
  4. "Statement from Dave Strader on his cancer diagnosis" The Dallas Stars, September 21, 2016
  5. Clarke, Mary (February 19, 2017). "Dallas Stars pay tribute to Dave Strader's comeback after missing a year battling cancer". SB Nation. https://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2017/2/19/14661172/dallas-stars-dave-strader-cancer-stick-raise-tribute. 
  6. Orland, Ian (February 18, 2017). "Dallas Stars raise their sticks in emotional tribute to Dave Strader after announcer returns from cancer". Russian Machine Never Breaks. http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2017/02/18/dallas-stars-raise-their-sticks-in-emotional-salute-to-dave-strader-after-announcer-returns-from-cancer/. 
  7. "NBC SPORTS GROUP'S COVERAGE OF 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGINS WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH FIVE GAMES". 2017-04-10. http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2017/04/10/nbc-sports-groups-coverage-of-2017-stanley-cup-playoffs-begins-wednesday-night-with-five-games/. 
  8. "NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS 12 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAMES THIS WEEKEND BEGINNING WITH FOUR MATCHUPS TONIGHT". 2017-04-14. http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2017/04/14/nbc-sports-group-presents-12-nhl-stanley-cup-playoff-games-this-weekend-beginning-with-four-matchups-tonight/. 
  9. obituary at Legacy.com
  10. Heika, Mike (April 17, 2017). "Dave Strader looking forward to accepting Hockey Hall of Fame award, 'the best treatment of all for me'". Dallasnews.com. https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-stars/stars/2017/04/17/dave-strader-looking-forward-accepting-hockey-hall-fame-award-isbest-treatment. 
  11. Template:Cite AV media

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