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Caps announce return of Baltimore Hockey Classic

Apr 26, 2013, 1:41 PM EST

Alexander Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, AP

After the 2012 edition was canceled due to the NHL lockout, the Baltimore Hockey Classic is returning for 2013.

That was the word out of Washington on Friday as the Capitals announced they’d be playing an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore.

“Baltimore is a great hockey market with a long hockey tradition and we are excited to make our return to 1st Mariner Arena next season,” said Capitals president Dick Patrick.

The first Classic occurred in 2011, when the Caps took on the Predators in front of a capacity crown of 11,082.

It marked the first time professional hockey had been played in Baltimore since 1997, when the Bandits — Anaheim’s then-AHL affiliate — played in the city.

The ’12 Classic was supposed to feature the Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets but, as mentioned above, was turfed due to the work stoppage.

  1. digbysellers - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    The Bandits were a disgrace…always a Skipjack’s town. Fireeeee on Ice!

  2. brianforster - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    hopefully this time the tickets will be more reasonably priced and they will play on a sheet of ice rather than slush. obviously it is just a preseason game but last time it was a joke.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      That arena might be the biggest dump in America. It was about 85-90 degrees when they playe the Predators a couple of years ago.

      • dipthatchip - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        lol, yeah…the Preds game was an all around shartshow. I felt bad for every player out there, not to mention everyone there (myself included) that paid to be in attendance.

        I’ll definitely pass on this one

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