The Dallas Stars released some very difficult news today as they announced play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer.
Specifics of the illness were not released. Cancer spans a wide spectrum of diseases, all of them potentially serious.
Strader joined the organization last season to replace long-time play-by-play man Ralph Strangis, who left the business. He formerly worked for ESPN and NBCSN as well as the Detroit Red Wings and then-Phoenix Coyotes organizations.
Fans wishing to pass on any encouragement or messages can reach Strader through the e-mail WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com.
Obviously, we here at Defending Big D have nothing but good thoughts for Strader as he moves forward with the treatment for his illness.
Here is the official release from the team:
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of respect for Dave and his family, the specifics of his illness and treatment will not be disclosed.
Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites
"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis. As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife Colleen, their son Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Sydney, their son Casey and his wife Dr. Mary, and their son Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.
"Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he's touched a lot of people throughout his career thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Strader
"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."
The Dallas Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.