The Dallas Stars announced Monday that play-by-play man Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer.
Strader just finished his first season with the Stars after replacing longtime voice of the Stars Ralph Strangis, who left the business.
”I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me,” Strader said in a release issued by the club. “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 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."
Strader, known to hockey fans for decades as a national broadcaster on ESPN and NBCSN, as well as in local markets with the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes, asked the team not to divulge details of his illness.
“The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis,” Stars president Jim Lites said in the release. “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.”