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Dave Strader Tapped by NBC Sports to Announce Torino Olympic Hockey Tournament and NHL Games

Wednesday, 01.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Dave Strader Tapped by NBC Sports to Announce Torino Olympic Hockey Tournament and NHL Games

Hall of Fame Announcer Jiggs McDonald to Call Cats Games

SUNRISE, Fla. - NBC Sports has tapped FSN Florida play-by-play announcer Dave Strader for their coverage of the 2006 Olympic Hockey Tournament in Torino, as well as NBC's coverage of the National Hockey League.

In the absence of Strader, FSN Florida will count on the talents of Hall of Fame broadcaster Ken "Jiggs" McDonald, who retired from an illustrious career in broadcasting at the completion of the 2003-04 season. McDonald will fill in for Strader on six occasions beginning with tomorrow night's game against the St. Louis Blues, as well as Jan. 14 vs. Columbus, Jan. 27 vs. New Jersey, Feb. 3 vs. Atlanta, Feb. 4 @ Atlanta and Feb. 11 @ Buffalo.

Strader is currently in his first season as the play-by-play announcer for the Panthers. He previously served as play-by-play announcer for ESPN NHL telecasts, as well as International broadcasts of the NHL All-Star game and Stanley Cup Finals from 1996 through 2004. Prior to joining ESPN, Strader spent eleven years as the television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings. He has also called NHL game on the FOX television network, as well as men's and women's college basketball, WNBA and NBDL games for ESPN.

McDonald, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, originally joined the Panthers' organization in the summer of 1999 serving as the radio voice of the Cats' through the 2003-04 campaign. McDonald began his career with the expansion Los Angeles Kings in 1967, but moved on to the Atlanta Flames in 1972. McDonald would join the Islanders organization in 1980, where he called television games for 15 years. He then moved on, heading to Toronto to become the television broadcaster for the Maple Leafs with CHCH-TV and GlobalTV Network. McDonald's broadcast career spans 36 years, more than 3,000 regular season games, over 200 playoff contests and has spawned two Emmy Awards- one in 1969 (Los Angeles) and the other in 1983 (New York).

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