Longtime hockey broadcaster Strader honored in Glens Falls

September 16, 2017 09:00 PM

GLENS FALLS -- A Glens Falls legend was honored in his hometown on Saturday.

Dave Strader is the play-by-play voice for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars. He spent years calling NHL games for NBC. He got his start by calling games for the American Hockey League's Adirondack Red Wings in Glens Falls.

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Strader is battling bile duct cancer. On Saturday, the press box at the Cool Insuring Arena was named in his honor. Strader says that's where he developed a love for the sport he would make a career.

“It wasn’t too long into it that I started to think there's something unique about this sport [and] about these athletes,” he said. “Every sport has athletes that are a certain way. There's something unique about hockey players. They're great guys to work with, so I kind of knew early on [that it was] going to be pretty good. I [wanted] to see where it takes me.”

It turns out, it ended up taking him to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He will be honored there in November.

Strader says he's trying to fight his illness with a glass half-full mentality. He credits his wife and support system for helping him along the way.

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