NHL announcer with Glens Falls ties remembered fondly

October 05, 2017 06:25 PM

GLENS FALLS - People gathered at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls to remember NHL announcer, Dave Strader. The Glens Falls native died Sunday after a year and a half battle with bile duct cancer. He was 62 years old.

Strader was honored by the league Wednesday night.

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If his name doesn't ring a bell, his voice might. He gained the nickname "The Voice" over a 40-year career broadcasting mostly hockey and some basketball. It was a career that brought him to the top of his profession, calling games at the Olympics and the Stanley Cup playoffs for NBC. 

It all began in his hometown of Glens Falls, as the first radio broadcaster for the Adirondack Red Wings.
Just two weeks ago, Strader graciously shared some time with NewsChannel 13’s Mark Mulholland before they renamed the press box after him. His three sons were equally gracious Thursday as the community said goodbye to their dad. 

"Just to see this is where he started his career and to come back here and have his celebration of life in this arena is where he would want it and to see so many people come out and support and show their love for him, it's extraordinary," noted Trevor Strader.

Calling hours were set to run until 7 p.m. Thursday.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls.


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