Dave Strader, voice of Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, loses cancer battle

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader lost his battle with cancer Sunday morning at the age of 62.

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Strader, who was the former play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985 to 1996, and was the current broadcaster for the Dallas Stars, had been diagnosed with a form of bile duct cancer called cholangiocarcinoma more than a year, The Detroit News reported.

“The entire Detroit Red Wings organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Strader,” the NHL team tweeted.

“Dave Strader will be known as one of the greats. ‘The Voice’ was a true professional and a friend to many. We raise our sticks to you, Dave,” the Stars said in a tweet.

The Hockey Hall of Fame will honor Strader at a ceremony in November. He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in April. The award honors his contributions to hockey broadcasting.

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