A Windsor bar owner says the Detroit Tigers playoff run is making up for the lack of NHL season.
Jason Codling owns the Krooked Kilt on Wyandotte Street on Windsor's west side.
Construction has affected business and the NHL season was supposed to start Thursday. So Codling said he's happy there's baseball to fill the gap.
"I'm thankful very much for the Tigers to be in the playoffs because we have a good following for the Red Wings and the Leafs here," Codling said.
The Wings and Leafs were supposed to play their annual preseason game a week ago and they're scheduled to meet Ann Arbor in the annual outdoor Winter Classic. But the NHL has locked its players and the season is on hold.
"Game days are usually pretty busy," Codling said of the NHL. "But, definitely, the Tigers making the playoffs and going into the next round, which they just did, softens the blow."
The Tigers beat the Oakland A's 6-0 Thursday night to move onto the American League Championship Series.
Fans — mostly university students — packed the Krooked Kilt in west Windsor to be part of the early-morning celebration. The game ended well after midnight.
The bar is closest one to the university, which no longer has a campus pub.
Codling says with all the construction on Wyandotte Street, his business has suffered, but another round of Tigers playoff baseball will soften the blow.
"Business is slowing definitely during the day because there's no access really for students to come and eat or watch early sporting events," Codling said. "I know some of the [baseball] games were on earlier in the day and a lot of students couldn't get here.
"But they're very supportive at night ... showing their support for the Tigers and the local bar which is great for business and I'm glad to have them," Codling said.
The bar was at capacity last night.
The Tigers next play Saturday, against either the New York Yankees or the Baltimore Orioles.