BREAKING: Legendary Red Wings announcer Dave Strader loses battle with cancer


The Detroit Red Wings family lost a legend today.

A little over a year ago, Dave Strader announced that he was battling a rare form of bile duct cancer. He lost that fight on Sunday.

Strader, known as “The Voice,” was the play-by-play announcer for the Red Wings from 1985-1996 on PASS Sports and WKBD Channel 50 alongside Mickey Redmond. Strader went on to call games for the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, and Dallas Stars, as well as national telecasts for Versus/NBC, ESPN, and FOX.

Strader was also tapped at the last minute to take over the 2009 NHL Winter Classic duties from Doc Emrick, who was suffering from laryngitis. That game, of course, featured the Red Wings and Blackhawks, so it was a thrill to hear The Voice here in Detroit again.

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