GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition and Adirondack Thunder announced Tuesday that they will honor legendary broadcaster Dave Strader by naming the press box at Cool Insuring Arena after him.
A dedication ceremony, open to the general public, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday inside Cool Insuring Arena. Strader and his family, former Adirondack Red Wings, officials and well-wishers will be in attendance.
Strader, a Glens Falls native, was the first professional broadcaster at the Glens Falls Civic Center. He spent six seasons as the voice of the Adirondack Red Wings, from 1979 to 1985. He went on to call National Hockey League games with Detroit, Florida, Phoenix and Dallas, as well as nationally with ESPN, ABC, Fox and NBC Sports, where he broadcast NHL games as well as hockey at the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
In June 2016, Strader was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the bile duct, but he returned to the booth this past March to call five Dallas Stars home games and two Stanley Cup playoff games for NBC Sports.
In April, Strader was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as the 2017 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. Strader also is a two-time Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.