Community rink at the WFCU CentreCommunity rink at the WFCU Centre

Benefits Of Going For Gold

Buffalo Wild Wings at Devonshire Mall in Windsor is benefiting from a strong tournament by Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

"It's been great this year having it in Canada, so it's in our time zone," says Ian Woodrow, a manager at the bar and grill, noticing more business this year than during last year's tournament. "Big difference too, [Canada] was playing in Europe last year as well so it was really difficult showing the games, a lot of people watch from home. Not a lot of people are getting up at the crack of dawn to come here and watch them."

Woodrow is expecting a busy night for staff with Canada taking on Russia for the gold medal. "Well Canada-Russia, you can't ask for a better final so we're expecting to be pretty busy tonight," says Woodrow. "It's been pretty much a packed house for all the games. We've had almost a full house every time they're playing."

Bartender Elaine Byrne at Mr. Biggs Eatery and Sportsbar in Belle River says they typically see larger crowds when a big game is on. "It's a varied crowd that comes in, varied age groups. Everybody knows everybody in Belle River," says Byrne. "We would like to have a full-house. Maybe 100 people, that would be good."

Canada has gone undefeated to reach the gold medal game and hasn't won gold in five years at the world juniors.

Read More Local Stories