In addition to his NHL coverage with NBCSN, he also worked the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for basketball at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England and called the sled hockey Gold medal game from Sochi in 2014.
Prior to joining NBC full-time in 2011, Strader called games for the Phoenix Coyotes for four seasons after two years with the Florida Panthers. During that six-year span, Strader also called several national games on VERSUS (now NBCSN), as well as games on NBC, including the 2009 Winter Classic from Wrigley Field. From 1996 through 2004, Strader was the play-by-play announcer for ESPN/ABC. In addition to his work on NHL telecasts, Strader called play-by-play for more than 300 men's and women's college basketball, WNBA and NBA D-League games. Prior to joining ESPN, Strader spent 11 years as the television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985-96. During his years with the Red Wings, Strader also called national games for Fox Network and ESPN.
A native of upstate New York, Strader began his broadcasting career with the Adirondack Red Wings (AHL) calling radio play-by-play and working as the team's director of public relations from 1979-85. He was twice honored by the New York Broadcasters Association for excellence in play-by-play broadcasting and earned the Ken McKenzie Award as the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984. Strader was inducted into the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Strader earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies while working at the college radio station. During his senior year at UMass, Strader was the radio play-by-play voice of the Minutemen basketball team. He and his wife Colleen, who will be moving to Dallas later this summer, have three sons: Christopher (wife Karen, daughter Sydney), and twins Casey (wife Mary) and Trevor.