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Sabres' Vanek has family ties to plane crash victim

Though no former Buffalo players were involved in today's plane crash in Russia that decimated an entire hockey organization, Sabres forward Thomas Vanek does have family ties to a victim.

Josef Vasicek, a former Carolina Hurricane who was among the 43 dead, is linked to Vanek by marriage. Vasicek is the brother of Vanek's sister-in-law (in long form, Vasicek is Vanek's brother's wife's brother).

Luke Decock of the Raleigh News and Observer recalls his time covering Vasicek on his Hurricanes blog.

---John Vogl

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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