Television Play-By-Play Announcer
Dave Strader enters his fourth season as the Coyotes’ television play-by-play announcer after joining the organization on July 2, 2007. Strader possesses a wealth of broadcast experience, having worked NHL and Olympic hockey games for ESPN, ABC, NBC, FOX, and VERSUS throughout his career.
For the last five seasons, Strader has provided play-by-play calls of NHL telecasts on both NBC and VERSUS (OLN in 2005-06), describing regular season games and playoff contests. He has also provided play-by-play of the NHL All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Final for NHL International broadcasts since 1997. During the 2008-09 campaign, Strader served as the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s broadcast of the historic 2009 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhaws at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day. Dave also called the 2010 NHL Winter Classic from Fenway Park between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers for NHL Radio.
Dave was one of the hockey play-by-play commentators at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino for NBC and was also the television play-by-play announcer for the Florida Panthers for two seasons before joining the Coyotes.
Strader was a play-by-play announcer for NHL telecasts on ESPN from 1996 through 2004. Strader’s NHL experience also includes announcing for national ABC and FOX network telecasts and 11 seasons as the television play-by-play voice for the Detroit Red Wings beginning in 1985.
Strader, a native of upstate New York, began his broadcasting career with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL), serving as the team’s radio announcer and public relations director from 1979 to 1985. Twice honored by the New York Broadcasters Association for excellence in play-by-play broadcasting, he was also named the AHL’s top public relations professional in 1984.
While hockey has been his primary focus, Strader has also called men’s and women’s college basketball games as well as WNBA and NBDL games for ESPN.
Strader earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at the University of Massachusetts while working at the college radio station for four years.
He and his wife Colleen have three sons: Christopher and twins Casey and Trevor.
Follow Dave on Twitter at @TheVoiceDS