Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

Marie Harrington
October 3, 2017

There are often times in life when we are told something good or even bad.

Services have been set for National Hockey League announcer and Glens Falls native Dave Strader, who died Sunday at 62.

Despite undergoing intense cancer treatments, Strader was able to call five home games for Dallas Stars and two Stanley Cup playoff games for NBC last season. They skated over towards the boards, looked right up at Strader in the broadcasting booth, and saluted him with their sticks held up high. A ceremony in November will honor his career.

The Stars and their organization, as well as much of the hockey world, are deeply saddened by the passing of Dave Strader.

The original broadcaster for the American Hockey League's Red Wings in 1979, Strader began calling NHL games since 1985, when he left Glens Falls. For nearly two decades Strader also broadcast the Stanley Cup finals to a worldwide audience on NHL International.

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He called five Stars games in 2016-17, including an emotional return to the broadcast booth on February 18.

When asked about what he remembers best about Strader, "Doc" Emrick had this to say about his fellow broadcaster.

"Listening to a goal scored called by him gave you chills", Thunder head coach Brad Tapper said.

His death came 15 days after he was honored by his hometown of Glens Falls, which renamed the press box in Cool Insuring Arena (formerly the Glens Falls Civic Center) in his honor. 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 kind of one of the voices of my childhood, so it's really sad to see him go", forward Terrence Wallin added. He had the credentials to act like a big shot. "All of hockey will miss him". "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".

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