Ex-Wings TV broadcaster Strader has cancer

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Dave Strader

Dallas Stars TV play-by-play broadcaster Dave Strader, who held the same job with the Red Wings from 1985-96, has been diagnosed with cancer, the Stars said.

The Stars did not provide details about Strader’s condition: “The Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.”

Strader, 61, left the Wings in 1996 for a job with ESPN. He has since also worked for the NHL’s Coyotes, Blues, Panthers, Fox and NBC/Versus, in addition to the Stars. Last year, Strader was hired to replace longtime Dallas play-by-play voice Ralph Strangis.

"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me,” Strader said in a statement released by the Stars. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge.”

“The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader’s cancer diagnosis,” said Stars president Jim Lites. “Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he’s touched a lot of people throughout his career."

Fans can email Strader messages via the Stars at: WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com