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INSIDE THE VILLAGE: A Stanley Cup champ stops by the show

Michael Amadio hoisted the Cup with his Las Vegas teammates, realizing the childhood dream of hockey players across the country. Now he truly hits the big time: an appearance on our podcast

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local — and no topic is off-limits.

On this week’s episode: When you’re about to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time, what really goes through your mind?

For Michael Amadio, it was all about staying on his feet.

“I just wanted not to fall on the ice with it,” says the 27-year-old forward, a member of the Stanley Cup champion Las Vegas Golden Knights. “I think that was the only thing I was thinking of.”

He didn’t fall, of course. And as Amadio skated with his teammates on the night of June 13 — the Cup high over his head — friends and family were glued to their TVs in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, and in North Bay, where Amadio starred for The Battalion during his junior hockey days.

“I don’t even remember the moment,” he tells Inside the Village. “It goes by so fast.”

What Amadio does remember — and will never forget — is the phone call he made from the ice: to his grandmother back home, his biggest fan, who watched him skate from when he was a little boy.

“I think she was at every game, she would always be there supporting me,” Amadio says. “She stayed up late to watch the game, so just to hear her voice was a pretty special moment.” 

This interview is pretty special, too. It’s not every day that a Stanley Cup winner stops by our podcast.

Hosted by Scott Sexsmith and Michael Friscolanti, the Editor-in-Chief of Village Media, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across our chain of Ontario newsrooms. Produced by Derek Turner, the program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.

Every episode is available HERE. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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