Dallas Stars announced Sunday morning play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has died. When he passed away, he was only 62 years old.
Strader had most recently been the play-by-play announcer for the Stars, but called many national broadcasts over his career. Strader went on to call the Capitals-Maple Leafs first-round playoff series for NBC last season.
He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in April as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.
He would go on to miss 283 days before calling his first of five games of the 2016-17 season on February 18, 2017.
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Strader, who is survived by his wife, Connie, their three sons and two grandchildren, worked for NBC Sports prior to joining the Stars. In addition to his work in hockey, Strader also worked for the WNBA, the NBA D-League, college basketball and the Olympics. He was limited to working five games for the Stars last season. Captain Jamie Benn led his team in a stick salute during one of the 2016-17 games that Strader was able to call and also tallied the overtime goal to bring in a win for the announcer.
Hockey is a very close-knit sport and the Stars' organization was quick to show their support to Strader. If you have any great memories or share any stories of Dave Strader please feel free to comment below.
"Everyone who knew him, and everyone who was able to listen to him call games, is saddened to learn about the passing of Dave Strader", said Stars President and CEO Jim Lites. "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many. 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.
The entire Flyerdelphia staff would like to express our condolences to the Strader family in these very hard times.