Former Florida Panthers television play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has been named the 2017 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting by the Hockey Hall of Fame. He will receive the award this November.
Strader was the television voice of the Florida Panthers on Fox Sports Net Florida from 2004-05 until the 2006-07 season. He was second person to hold that post with the franchise and replaced Jeff Rimer.
He started broadcasting hockey on radio with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League and was later promoted in the organization to television play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Red Wings.
Strader had announced hockey games nationally on ESPN, ABC, Versus and NBCSN from 1996 until 2015. Following his stint with the Panthers, he called games on television for the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars.