Dave Strader was an American sportscaster and was the double-duty as the play-by-play announcer of the Dallas Stars and as the #2 play-by-play announcer for The NHL on NBC and The NHL on Versus. He broadcasted the Stanley Cup Finals in English on the NHL's International feed.
Strader's professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL from 1979–1985. A two time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL's top public relations professional in 1984.
Following the death of longtime ESPN broadcaster Tom Mees in 1996, Strader was hired by the cable network to take the vacant play-by-play spot on National Hockey Night broadcasts. Strader was usually paired with Brian Engblom.
In his career he also has called NHL games for FOX in the mid 1990s. While hockey has been his primary focus, he has also called college basketball, WNBA, and the NBDL games.
Prior to his stint with the Coyotes, Strader called games for the Florida Panthers for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons when not calling games for NBC or Versus. He also provided hockey play-by-play for NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy alongside Brian Engblom.
Strader was hired for his current position with Dallas Stars on July 2, 2007. He was reunited with his former ESPN and ABC partner, Brian Engblom. Strader and Engblom served as a last-minute commentators replacement for Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk on NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009. Emrick and Olczyk was unable to broadcast the game due to laryngitis.
On October 1, 2017, Strader passed away at the age of 62 after his battle with cholangiocarcinoma.