‘“It’s huge, just huge,” Vanek said this week while in Ottawa with the Sabres. “I saw when I went over there,” during the NHL lockout “how the game is growing. The effort the guys put into this to get to Sochi will really raise awareness that hockey exists in Austria. It’s tremendous. With the money they’ll get from going to the Olympics, the hope is that the Austrian federation will put it to the right places and get even bigger.”’
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