The hockey world mourns today as Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has passed away at the age of 62. Strader was diagnosed with a rare form of bile duct cancer last year.
Saturday night, longtime Dallas Stars play-by-play man and cancer survivor Dave Strader returned to the booth after a 283-day absence.
Last May, Strader visited several doctors in New York after feeling sick. Strader had his gall bladder removed, but doctors discovered that he had cholangiocarcinoma, an inoperable bile duct cancer. Strader started chemotherapy treatments and has been battling ever since.
“It’s something I’ve been working toward this whole season, and my doctors said this fits in the schedule, so here we go,” Strader said to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. “We have tried several different treatments, and the doctors said this could help as much as anything else I could do.”
Despite missing the entire 2016-17 season, Strader seamlessly stepped back into the booth Saturday as if nothing ever happened. Strader expertly called an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn’s game-winning overtime goal. After the Stars 4-3 win, the players gave an emotional tribute to Strader by raising their sticks in the air towards the play-by-play booth.
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.
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