COYOTES ANNOUNCE DAVE STRADER AS
NEW TV PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
Coyotes’ Telecasts To Reunite Former ESPN Broadcasting Pair
Phoenix Coyotes President and COO Douglas Moss announced today that Dave Strader has signed a multi-year contract to join the Coyotes' broadcast team as the club’s new television play-by-play announcer.
Strader will be reunited in the broadcast booth with Coyotes’ television analyst Darren Pang. The duo was paired together on NHL telecasts seen on ESPN and ABC for several years. Strader and Pang also worked together during an NBC playoff telecast this past season as well as on NHL Radio broadcasts of the Western Conference Finals each of the last two seasons.
“We are extremely excited to bring in a broadcaster with the talent and experience of Dave Strader,” said Moss. “The entertainment and chemistry that Dave and Darren Pang have provided on national NHL telecasts for years will now be a treat for Coyotes’ fans to see and hear on each of the team’s telecasts for years to come. We believe we have assembled the best broadcast team in the league and their presence will not only be felt on FSN Arizona and AZ-TV, but with our fans in the community throughout the Valley.”
“Dave will be a great addition to the FSN Arizona broadcast booth,” said Mike Connelly, FSN Arizona Senior Vice President & General Manager. “With him working alongside Darren Pang and Todd Walsh, I feel we now have the best broadcast team in the NHL.”
"I am excited on so many levels about joining the Phoenix Coyotes' broadcast team,” said Strader. “I know we will all work towards the common goal of making Coyotes' broadcasts among the best in the NHL."
For the last two seasons, Strader has provided play-by-play calls of NHL telecasts on both NBC and Versus (OLN in 2005-06), describing regular season games and playoff contests. He provided hockey play-by-play commentary at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino for NBC. Strader also served as television play-by-play announcer for the Florida Panthers the last two seasons.
Strader was a play-by-play announcer for NHL telecasts on ESPN from 1996 through 2004. He also provided play-by-play for the NHL All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals for NHL International broadcasts. Strader’s NHL experience also includes announcing for national ABC and FOX network telecasts and 11 seasons as the television play-by-play voice for the Detroit Red Wings beginning in 1985.
Strader, a native of upstate New York, began his broadcasting career with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL), serving as the team’s radio announcer and public relations director from 1979 to 1985. Twice honored by the New York Broadcasters Association for excellence in play-by-play broadcasting, he was also named the AHL’s top public relations professional in 1984.
While hockey has been his primary focus, Strader has also called men’s and women’s college basketball games as well as WNBA and NBDL games for ESPN.
Strader earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at the University of Massachusetts while working at the college radio station for four years.
He and his wife Colleen have three sons: Christopher and twins Casey and Trevor.