He was 62 years old.
He has been a team broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars, as well as calling nationally televised games for ESPN, ABC, Fox and NBC.
Dave Strader was as kind a person as you will ever meet.
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.
Known as "the Voice", Strader was limited to calling only five games last season while he having treatment for incurable bile-duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). Additionally, he called national games in ESPN from 1996 to 2004, taking over for the late Tom Mees, also getting the opportunity to scratch a longtime basketball itch and call play-by-play for college basketball, the WNBA, and NBA's D-League.
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Hockey is a very close-knit sport and the Stars' organization was quick to show their support to Strader.
He called five Stars games in 2016-17, including an emotional return to the broadcast booth on February 18. The team is also working with the ECHL to get to wear stickers on the back of its helmets to honor him for the full season. The award will be displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame following a media awards luncheon on November 13 in Toronto.
The Detroit Red Wings family lost a legend today. 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", Dallas Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said in a statement. "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many.
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.