Former Arizona Coyotes announcer Dave Strader diagnosed with cancer

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 21:49:20-04

Former Arizona Coyotes announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 61-year-old Strader called games for the Coyotes from 2007-11. He is now an announcer with the Dallas Stars. He spent four seasons with the NBC Sports Network and has also called the Winter Olympics and served stints with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers.

The Stars are declining to release details about Strader's illness or treatment. The announcement Monday came a year after Strader was hired to replace longtime Dallas play-by-play voice Ralph Strangis.

Stars president Jim Lites said the club was "deeply saddened" by the diagnosis and offered thoughts to his wife, Colleen Strader, their three children and the children's families. Strader, who has 36 years of broadcasting experience, said he was "ready to meet this challenge."