Dallas Stars Broadcaster Passes Away After Battle with Cancer
He may not have been a member of the Stars organization long, but Dave Strader was a hall of fame broadcaster. He will be missed.
We're just a few weeks away from hockey season going down and sadly one of the first stories I am doing about the Stars this year is about a death. Dave Strader joined the Stars for the 2015 season and before the 2016 season started he was diagnosed with cancer.
Dave had an aggressive bile duct cancer that was not curable, but treatable. He gave up playcalling duties for the 2016 season. He did call a few games throughout the year, but it was a very rare occasion when he could do one. The Stars honored Dave after a game last season when he made it down to call one of the games. All the players raised their sticks toward the perch where Dave called the games.
Dave called games for the Red Wings, Coyotes and Panthers. He was also the announcer during several Olympics. This past April, Dave got the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.
While Dave Strader was away receiving cancer treatments former Dallas Star Craig Ludwig filled in with Daryl Reaugh for games. No word on if those two will be together once again this season or if the Stars plan to hire a new color commentator. Dave Strader was play by play, but Reaugh took over that position in his absence.
Dave passed away Sunday morning at the age of 62.
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