Former Detroit Red Wings announcer dies after battle with rare cancer

Dave Strader, NHL broadcaster from Glens Falls, dies

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader has died after battling bile duct cancer for more than a year.

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.

"Dave Strader's calls combined expertise, passion for our sport, the ultimate in professionalism and a calm command of the story of the moment".

Starder's career was brought to a special spotlight earlier this year when he was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame when it was announced that he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. The last and most recent team that he worked with was the Dallas Stars, whom he joined in the 2015-16 season.

The hockey community mourned Strader's death on Sunday with heartfelt messages from players, fellow broadcasters and executives.

Strader, known as "The Voice", was the play-by-play announcer for the Red Wings from 1985-1996 on PASS Sports and WKBD Channel 50 alongside Mickey Redmond. "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many. "He was a devoted husband and father, and his presence will be sorely missed in arenas throughout the league". Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren called Strader a "one-of-a-kind announcer". He was part of NBC's broadcast team during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Flood said it was a pleasure to see Strader back in his element, at the rink and in the booth. He returned to the booth in February, where the team saluted him following the Stars win.

Flood said Mike Emrick will pay tribute to Strader on air Wednesday night when the National Hockey League regular season begins.

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