GLENS FALLS — On the day that funeral arrangements were announced for Glens Falls native and NHL announcer Dave Strader, members of the Adirondack Thunder reflected upon their memories of him Monday, one day after he died.
“Listening to a goal scored called by him gave you chills,” Thunder head coach Brad Tapper said. “At his press box conference here, it gave you chills, from all the people. It’s amazing, the hockey community here, the support he had and that his wife will have from us.”
“(Players) might be familiar with him calling games, but not familiar with he was one of the first big names to come out of the Adirondack hockey community,” forward James Henry said. “It was a big loss for the hockey community and everybody that grew up with Dave in the Adirondack area.”
“Dave Strader was kind of one of the voices of my childhood, so it’s really sad to see him go,” forward Terrence Wallin added. “I didn’t get to meet him personally, but from what I hear, he was an unbelievable guy. It’s sad to see anyone in the hockey world go.”
Tapper said the team will be wearing a pin-type logo on their uniforms for the early part of the season to honor Strader. The team is also working with the ECHL to get to wear stickers on the back of its helmets to honor him for the full season.
“That is something that has to be passed by the league,” Tapper said, “and if the league has a problem with that, there’s something wrong, because of what he meant.”
As for funeral arrangements:
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Heritage Hall in the Cool Insuring Arena.
A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls.
The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation – In Memory of Dave Strader, 5526 West 13400 South #510, Herriman, UT 84096; the Dallas Stars Foundation-In Memory of Dave Strader, 2601 Ave. of the Stars, Frisco, TX 75034; or the David Strader Scholarship at Glens Falls City School District c/o Janice Casey 15 Quade St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.
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