Dave Strader, the television play-by-play announcer of the Dallas Stars, has been diagnosed with cancer.
The specifics of Strader's illness and treatment have not been disclosed by the Stars out of respect for him and his family. The Stars will provide updates on his status as they become available.
"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me," Strader said in a statement Monday. "With my wife, Colleen, and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill (wife of Stars general manager Jim Nill) has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."
Prior to joining the Stars, Strader, 61, worked on NBCSN's NHL regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage from 2011-12 through 2014-15. A native of upstate New York, Strader worked the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2006 Torino Olympics. He was the play-by-play announcer for basketball at the 2012 London Olympics and called the sled hockey gold-medal game from Sochi in 2014.
"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis," Stars president/CEO Jim Lites said. "As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife, Colleen, their son, Christopher, and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Sydney, their son, Casey, and his wife, Dr. Mary, and their son, Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.
"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 thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at: WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."
Prior to joining NBC full-time in 2011, Strader called games for the Florida Panthers for two seasons and the Arizona Coyotes for four seasons. During that six-year span, Strader called several national games on Versus and games on NBC, including the 2009 Winter Classic from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Strader spent 11 years as the television play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985 to 1996.