Dave Strader

David Strader (February 24, 1955 – October 1, 2017[1]) was an American sportscaster, primarily known for his play-by-play commentary of ice hockey. During his career, he worked on telecasts for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also worked nationally in the United States for ESPN, ABC, Versus, NBC Sports Network and NBC.

On April 17, 2017 the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to play-by-play broadcasting of the game of ice hockey.[2]

While hockey was his primary focus, he also called college basketball, WNBA, and NBA D-League games.


A native of Glens Falls, New York, Strader honed his broadcasting skills at the college radio station WMUA 91.1 while studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Broadcasting career

Local work

Strader's professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL from 1979 to 1985. A two-time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984.

In 1985, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings called Strader up from the farm club, and he took over the play-by-play duties, calling TV games on both WKBD and PASS Sports alongside Mickey Redmond until 1996. Strader called games for the Florida Panthers for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons when not calling games for NBC or Versus. Strader was hired by the Phoenix Coyotes on July 2, 2007. He was reunited with his former ESPN and ABC partner, Darren Pang, for Coyotes broadcasts for two seasons. With no television contract in place for Coyotes games, Pang left in 2009 to join the Blues. Strader was joined in the broadcast booth by former NHL player Tyson Nash.

In July 2011, Strader left his position with the Coyotes to accept a full-time job with NBC/Versus. He joined the NHL Dallas Stars as their TV play-by-play voice at the start of the 2015-2016 NHL season.[3]

In June 2016, Strader was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer of the bile duct.[4] During a break in his treatment, he returned to the broadcast booth on February 18, 2017, a 4-3 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the game, the Stars saluted Strader at center ice.[5][6]

Strader broadcast all five games of that Dallas home stand including one on NBC. In April 2017, he also broadcast games in the first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs on NBC networks.[7][8]

National work

Following the death of longtime ESPN broadcaster Tom Mees in 1996, Strader was hired by the cable network to take the vacant play-by-play spot on National Hockey Night broadcasts. Strader was usually paired with Brian Engblom on the network's third hockey broadcast team. When ABC got the NHL broadcast network contract in 2000, Strader worked for them as well. He also called NHL games for FOX in the mid-1990s, and the Stanley Cup Finals for NHL International from 1997-2015.

He moved to NBC and Versus when they got the NHL contracts in 2005. Strader also provided hockey play-by-play for NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Strader served as a last-minute play-by-play replacement for Mike Emrick on NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009, when Emrick was unable to broadcast the game due to laryngitis. Strader also called the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic on Versus, where the Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.

In 2012 Strader covered the Battle 4 Atlantis men's college basketball preseason tournament on the NBC Sports Network alongside Donny Marshall.


Strader died on October 1, 2017, at the age of 62 after his battle with bile duct cancer.[1]

The Hockey Hall of Fame had announced earlier that the year on April 17 that Strader was the 2017 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, but his actual induction ceremony was scheduled months later on November 13.[2] At the time of the announcement, Strader stated that he was looking forward to the ceremony, saying that it was the greatest honor he had ever received.[9] Due to his death, Strader's sons accepted the award posthumously at the November induction ceremony on his behalf.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Dallas Stars mourn the passing of Dave Strader". Dallas Stars. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2017 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NHL MEDIA AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED" (PDF) (Press release). Hockey Hall of Fame. April 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dallas Stars name Dave Strader as new play-by-play announcer". Dallas Stars. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  4. ^ "Statement from Dave Strader on his cancer diagnosis" The Dallas Stars, September 21, 2016
  5. ^ Clarke, Mary (February 19, 2017). "Dallas Stars pay tribute to Dave Strader's comeback after missing a year battling cancer". SB Nation. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Orland, Ian (February 18, 2017). "Dallas Stars raise their sticks in emotional tribute to Dave Strader after announcer returns from cancer". Russian Machine Never Breaks. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Heika, Mike (April 17, 2017). "Dave Strader looking forward to accepting Hockey Hall of Fame award, 'the best treatment of all for me'". Dallasnews.com.
  10. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame honors the late Dave Strader. Fox Sports Arizona. November 15, 2017.

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1985–86 Detroit Red Wings season

The 1985–86 season is the team's 60th season, their 54th season as the Red Wings. This is the first of two seasons in which Red Wings games would air in the Detroit area on then-independent WXON-TV (now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD) channel 20 before returning to WKBD channel 50 (then a Fox station, now with The CW) for the 1987–88 season after the two-year break. It is also the first of 11 seasons with current NBC sportscaster Dave Strader as the Red Wings' television play-by-play announcer, joining him as color commentator and analyst is former Red Wings right wing man Mickey Redmond. It is unknown at this time if this is Redmond's first season as analyst, but when the games moved to WKBD in 1987, they went along with them. Also, the Red Wings played their first game with Hall of Famer Brad Park as their head coach on December 31, 1985. This was Park's only season as a head coach in the NHL, replacing current Buffalo Sabres radio and television color analyst Harry Neale, who was fired after 35 games. Park had retired as a player during the previous season. The Red Wings finished dead last in the Norris Division, the Clarence Campbell Conference, and in the entire National Hockey League with a record of 17 wins, 57 losses and 6 ties, failing to make the playoffs with only 40 points. It is the worst record in franchise history; the Red Wings finished the season with the fewest goals scored of all NHL teams, the most goals against, and the most penalty minutes. Since this time, the Red Wings would miss the playoffs only one more time, that was the 1989–90 season.

Brian Engblom

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Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award is an award named after Foster Hewitt and presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame to members of the radio and television industry who make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of ice hockey during their broadcasting career. The award winners are selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

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That game had the highest American television ratings of any hockey game in 33 years. The success of the 2009 NHL Winter Classic has solidified "the Classic" as an annual event from then on. The Winter Classic was officially made a permanent part of the NHL schedule through at least January 1, 2021, as part of the league's television contract with the NBC Sports Group. The Winter Classic is also broadcast in Canada by the league's TV partner there too.

Unlike the annual Winter Classic games, Heritage Classic games have been held infrequently.

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Rick Peckham

Rick Peckham is the current play-by-play broadcaster for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. Previously, Peckham had served as the play-by-play announcer for the Hartford Whalers from 1984 through 1995. He has also broadcast NHL games on ESPN (1987–88) and SportsChannel America (1988–92). Through 1977–84, he called games on television and radio for the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Peckham is currently still broadcasting Lightning games with the Florida-based Sun Sports network, as well as occasionally doing play-by-play for the NHL on NBC, a role that has since increased with the passing of Dave Strader. He is a 1977 graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. degree in telecommunications.


Strader is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Dave Strader (contemporary), American sports announcer

Park M. Strader (born 1945), American politician from Tennessee; state legislator

Peter W. Strader (1818–1881), American politician from Ohio; U.S. representative 1869–71

Red Strader (1902–1956), American professional football player and coach


WMUA (91.1 FM) is a student-run college radio station. Licensed to serve Amherst, Massachusetts, United States, the station is based on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The station's broadcast license is held by the University of Massachusetts. WMUA celebrated its 70th Anniversary of continuous on-air broadcasting during the 2017-2018 school year. The station debuted a second, online only stream called WMUAx in September 2017.

WMUA was established in 1948 originally as an AM station. Though it is run by undergraduates, other faculty, staff, assorted members of the community, and graduate students contribute to the station.

WMUA is broadcast to the Connecticut River Valley, including western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont. The station is federally licensed (authorized by the FCC) and non-commercial, and is under the supervision of the UMass Board of Trustees.

WMUA's studio is located in the basement of the Lincoln Campus Center building. The actual transmitter and antenna are located on Observatory Way, between the Orchard Hill and Sylvan Residential living areas. This facility, activated at midnight on January 1, 2004, is WMUA's third transmission site; it originally transmitted from atop Marston Hall, and then on Emily Dickinson Dormitory. The Dickinson Dormitory tower in Orchard Hill served as a backup until a re-roofing project took it down in 2011; it is licensed as a backup facility, and rebuilding the backup was completed on June 30, 2014. The station is a licensed "class A" broadcast facility.

WMUA is tentatively slated to move to a new facility in Fall 2020, as part of the UMass Student Union Renovation Project.

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