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Getting To Know Radio Broadcaster Dan D'Uva

The Golden Knights' broadcaster is also known as the Sicilian Soundbyte

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Flower.

The Real Deal.

Even Turk.

Although the Golden Knights have yet to play a game, the team already has quite a few nicknames. Flower for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, The Real Deal for forward James Neal and Turk for head coach Gerard Gallant.

Even the team's broadcast crew isn't immune to catchy monikers.

In his first official day of work for the Golden Knights on Monday, radio broadcaster Dan D'Uva explained his nickname from his days as a broadcaster for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch….

The Sicilian Soundbyte.

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D'Uva's nickname comes courtesy of former Crunch - and Las Vegas Wranglers - goalie Mike McKenna during the 2016-17 season, when Syracuse reached the Calder Cup Final before falling to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

"I had met Mike several times before and interviewed him before," D'Uva said. "He had offered his services as a guest, and to some extent a co-host, reminding me of his radio experience in college at St. Lawrence University, on a weekly radio show I hosted called Crunch Weekly

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McKenna went 46-6-8 during two seasons with the Wranglers from 2005-07.

"He kind of hijacked the show," D'Uva said of McKenna. "We talked about a number of things. Probably lobster rolls in Portland. We may or may not have discussed the prospect of NHL hockey in Las Vegas.

"I don't remember exactly when he uttered the phrase 'Sicilian Soundbyte.' The first time I saw it, I think I saw it on Twitter before I heard it in person. I think that he had been referring to me as that, without me being around."

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As D'Uva detailed, the fun part of his Sicilian Soundbyte nickname is that it was bestowed on him without McKenna even knowing if he had any Sicilian in him.

"He assumed that as an Italian, and perhaps my physical appearance, that I might have some Sicilian blood. And, in fact, he was correct. My father's mother was from Palermo. Once he found that out, he kept using it.

"Mike was typically, when speaking to you directly, would use your first name. But, in a group of people, when referring to you in a group, that's when he'd use it.

"It's cool with me if people keep using it in Las Vegas… as long as Mike McKenna isn't expecting any royalties!" 

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