During the second intermission of Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Caps TV announcers Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin said who they fought for.
“My mom and my dad and Courtney Druce,” Laughlin said. “And I’m fighting for everybody out there. It’s something that we’ve got to be aware of. It’s great awareness tonight and we should fight for everyone who gets this disease.”
Joe B took a moment to share some warm wishes for Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader. In June, Strader — one of the most talented broadcasters in the league — was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his bile duct. He was forced to take a leave of absence from the team.
“My special recognition goes out to Dave Strader, TV voice of the Dallas Stars,” Beninati said. “I fight for you, Dave. I can only image how difficult a time this is for you and your family. Please know, you have all of our support. We can’t wait to see you back in the booth soon. Very, very soon. We fight for you.”
In September, the Stars sent out a press release from Strader who said he would “work as many games as my condition and treatments allow.”
“With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
“There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I’m fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars’ organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support.”
Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellwishesForStrader@dallassstars.com
Just received all the wonderful messages from @DallasStars fans. Looks like I have some reading to do this weekend. #hockeyfightscancer pic.twitter.com/6QtnE3PLcP
— Dave Strader (@TheVoiceDS) November 5, 2016
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard also honored Strader during the Red Wings’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night with a tribute on his mask.
Opposing View | @DetroitRedWings goalie Jimmy Howard on his team's win streak + his #HockeyFightsCancer mask supporting @TheVoiceDS: pic.twitter.com/I5bdX372G6
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 29, 2016
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