Dave Strader, the play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars who was diagnosed with cancer in June, announced Monday he will return to call Stanley Cup Playoff games for NBC Sports.
Strader will call Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals with analyst Brian Boucher on Thursday and Saturday.
Strader, 61, missed much of the season undergoing treatment for cholangiocarcinoma, an incurable, rare and aggressive form of bile-duct cancer, but returned to call five Stars games in February, including one on NBC against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 26.
Strader has called Stars games full-time since 2015 and previously was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes as part of 32 years covering the NHL. He's broadcast NHL games for NBC since 2005, calling hockey at the 2006 Torino Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics, and was a full-time broadcaster for NBC's regular-season and playoff coverage from 2011-12 through 2014-15.