CARHA hockey tournament a boost, Windsor business owners say
More than 100 teams taking part in the tournament
Windsor businesses are welcoming the boost they're getting from the hundreds of recreational hockey players flooding the city for the CARHA Hockey World Cup.
Organizers of the event say about 2,000 people from 14 countries are in the city for the tournament, which wraps up Sunday. Though most are staying at Caesars Windsor, other downtown hotels are hosting players as well.
Doug Hogan, the owner of Hogan's Printing, says he's made between $10,000 and $15,000 printing sets of team jerseys along with other things players wanted for the cup.
"It's helped a lot," Hogan said. "We've had customers that we've dealt with for many years get new jerseys for the big tournament, as well as monogram pucks to coffee cups to trinkets they could give to other teams."
At least one bar downtown says it had to bring in extra staff to keep up with the rush of people.
"I tripled our staff for the weekend," said Nicolas Puim, the owner of The Dugout bar on Ouellette Avenue. "It was a constant, steady. We were close to capacity all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
Organizers expect the tournament to bring in $15 million to the city. More than 100 teams are competing in the tournament.
With files from the CBC's Joana Draghici