Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

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Prior to joining the Stars broadcast team, Strader spent four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, two of them paired with former ESPN analyst Brian Engblom (the two also worked together at ESPN in the late-1990s). Strader returned to Glens Falls to call a basketball game involving Fredette and the Brigham Young University Cougars against the Vermont Catamounts at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season. He brought his passion of the game into his work and it showed in his voice and in his enthusiasm during games.

After graduating from the University of MA, the Glen Falls, N.Y., native began his broadcasting career in 1979 as the voice of the AHL Adirondack Red Wings.

Hockey is a very close-knit sport and the Stars' organization was quick to show their support to Strader. I first met Dave at his Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame induction and in a room filled with much more important people, Dave chose to spend time with me, off camera, sharing stories of his great broadcasting career.

Dave Strader at a Washington Capitals' playoff game in April.

"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", Stars President and CEO Jim Lites said in a press release. "The Voice" was a true professional and a friend to many.

Strader was play-by-play voice of the Red Wings from 1985-1996, forming a popular duo with Mickey Redmond on WKBD and PASS Sports. "Our sincerest prayers and condolences are directed to his wife Colleen and their entire family".

Strader is survived by his wife, Colleen, son Christopher and wife Karen, their daughter Sydney (granddaughter) and beloved Boston terrier Lady Stanley, son Casey and wife Dr. Mary, their son Charles (grandson), and son Trevor.

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