Dave Strader, the hockey broadcaster known affectionately as “The Voice,” has died after battling bile duct cancer for more than a year. He was 62.
The Dallas Stars said Mr. Strader died Sunday at his home in Glens Falls, New York. Mr. Strader was a play-by-play man with the Stars and a national broadcaster on NBC Sports.
“He was a guy who made every team he was a part of better,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president of production for NBC and NBC Sports.
“He wanted the analyst to be the star, and he took the time to make sure his analysts were in a position to get the focus and the spotlight,” said Flood, adding that Mr. Strader “loved the game and shared that love every time you watched a game that he broadcast.”
One of Mr. Strader’s final public appearances was in Glens Falls on Sept. 16, where the press box at the 5,000-seat arena was renamed in his honor. The arena is where he got his start calling games for the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings. “To have this happen where it all started is beyond anything I could have dreamed,” Mr. Strader said that day, according to The Post-Star of Glens Falls.
Mr. Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. He’ll be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend in November.
“Dave Strader’s calls combined expertise, passion for our sport, the ultimate in professionalism and a calm command of the story of the moment,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Dave didn’t just describe the action for a viewer, he brought you to the rink to sit next to him.”
Mr. Strader previously was the broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers and worked three Olympic Games.
While he was undergoing treatment for cholangiocarcinoma, Mr. Strader broadcasted a final few playoff games last season for NBC. Flood said Mike Emrick will pay tribute to Mr. Strader on air tomorrow night when the NHL regular season begins.