‘“I knew it was going to be a big deal, but not as big (as it was),” Vanek said about playing professionally at home for the first time. “So I was surprised about that in a positive way. I think hockey boomed in the last five weeks. Every rink was packed. Newspapers were full, and people were talking about hockey, which is the most exciting part of it. Hopefully, things like that (continue) for the future.”’
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