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Dallas Stars broadcaster Dave Strader diagnosed with cancer

Dallas Stars play-by-play broadcaster Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced Monday.

Out of respect for Strader and his family, specifics of the illness were not disclosed.

"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me," Strader said in a statement. "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."

Bekki Nill is the wife of Stars general manager Jim Nill, who has battled cancer for several years.

Strader, 61 is one of the most respected broadcasters in the NHL. He spent 11 years as the television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985 to 1996. From 1996 through 2004, Strader was a play-by-play announcer for ESPN/ABC. 

Strader was also the play-by-play announcer for the Phoenix Coyotes for four seasons and the Florida Panthers for two seasons. During that time he also called several nationally televised NHL games. 

Before joining the Stars organization last summer he was a play-by-play broadcaster for NBC Sports. 

"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,” Stars CEO Jim Lites said in a statement. "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."

If you want to tweet well wishes towards Strader he is @TheVoiceDS.

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