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After ‘scary’ conditions last year, Caps won’t play in Baltimore

Jun 5, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) tries to keep possession of the puck as he is pressured by Boston Bruins' Chris Casto, bottom left, Alexander Khokhlachev, right, of Russia, and Dennis Seidenberg, of Germany, in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) AP

After two unpleasant experiences playing preseason games in Baltimore Arena, the Washington Capitals have decided to pass on going there in 2014, per CSN Washington.

The Capitals first attempted to play there in 2011, but the ice conditions were bad to the point that there were puddles.

“The ice was soft but it’s over,” Alex Ovechkin said at the time. “So thank God nobody got hurt everybody feel healthy.”

Ovechkin was put at risk again when the Capitals returned in 2013. That time he was barely able to avoid a collapsing pane of glass in an incident then Capitals coach Adam Oates described as “very scary.”

“You can’t hold the puck, you can’t shoot it,” Ovechkin said in 2013. “Afraid to go to the boards because it’s too dangerous.”

With all that in mind, it would have surprised Baltimore Arena general manager Frank Remesch had the Capitals actually decided to come back for a third attempt.

“It was just a matter of us not being prepared operationally and it was embarrassing,” Remesch admitted. However, he added that the plexiglas falling was something that could have happened at an NHL arena and the ice conditions are better now.

Without the Baltimore game, all of Washington’s preseason home contests will be played at the Verizon Center.

  1. AlexOvechkinMinus35 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Afraid on the ice? Sounds like Ovechkin to me

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      not a very good troll, you can do better

      • bohman88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Clearly he was short on time today. You should know by now his mom puts him down for a nap shortly after 12.

    • iwt5007 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM


  2. patthehockeyfan - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    “It was just a matter of us not being prepared operationally and it was embarrassing,” Remesch admitted.

    Same goes for the mayor of Baltimore on down.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    That arena is so so old. I was at the first one, that ice was so soupy . Seating was terrible and it still had that stale cigarette smell to it. For the sake of the players and the fans. Im happy it’s not coming back.
    If this city wasn’t such a joke when it came to managing it’s budget. Maybe then they could build a new arena. That way Baltimore could get a AHL team or a NBA team again. Typical B.S. in good old bmore.

  4. Nofoolnodrool - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Why would this be a surprise ? It’s Baltimore people. They want to build a statue for Ray Lewis….what a joke of a town.

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Will he be wearing a white suit?

      • ravanator - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        No, he will be wearing his HOF jacket! Baltimore Arena is old like the Steelers defense. Need some aloe for that burn. Cheers!


      • theageofquarrel - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I got laugh at that garbage oviownscrosby. Owns him in what? Not a Cup or Olympic gold, so what then? Season awards? Whoopie!!! The ring is all that matters.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Still sour about that. Ray was a great player and team leader. He deserves a statue. Hes the Johnny U of the ravens. Baltimore is a very nice city… Just don’t go to certain parts, which the same could be said about any city in the USA.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        You’re using logic! That’s like kryptonite to trolls!

      • imleftcoast - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Having driven through on the way from NYC to DC for Thanksgiving, Baltimore is a little sketchy in parts. God knows why I was driving to the waterfront looking for something to eat.

      • stixzidinia - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        You don’t build statues of guys who had to plea bargain their way out of double murder raps. Innocent people don’t have to plea bargain their way out of crimes. Only guilty people do that. Yeah, he’s a real “leader”. Even Flacco sais Ray’s little motivational sermons didn’t make any sense, except to other ghetto thugs.

      • jdlinder11 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        LOL Baltimore is a nice city, if you are only talking about the first few blocks around the waterfront.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:07 AM

        “Even Flacco sais Ray’s little motivational sermons didn’t make any sense, except to other ghetto thugs.”

        When did Flacco say “…except to other ghetto thugs?” Waita twist some words hoss.

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I get a good laugh at people who still think ray is a murderer

      • mannymorales120 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        If he isn’t a murderer why did he pay off the family of the victims ? Because he was a nice guy ? Baltimore is a great town that doesn’t need me to defend it. However the thought of erecting a statue to honor this criminal because he was a great football player should make people sick.

      • hockey412 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Murder isn’t one of those crimes that grows more unbelieveable over time, I guess. Glad you get a laugh out of that though.

      • capsnbohs23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        rabble rabble rabble!!!

      • stixzidinia - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        i get a good laugh out of people that have to convince themselves that innocent people have to plea bargain their way out of crimes. Face reality. Ray Ray is just another thug.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        Stix, a person would have to be delusional to think that everyone in our jails was guilty as charged, had the best possible lawyers, that no mistakes could possibly have been made by forensics staff or police or prosecutors or juries, that confessions are never, ever coerced, and that the hundreds set free by groups such as the Innocence Project are, what, imaginary?

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      My buddy NoDrool!! So I assume you simply chase down any article about Baltimore to troll regardless of what site it’s on? Should we expect to see you on HBT next?

      We do appreciate your effort here in Baltimore, but maybe do a better job of trolling next time, as opposed to trashing the town for putting up a statue of the greatest ILB to ever play the game and using the same tired murder joke. I mean, unless you want me to start throwing out ‘Rapistberger’ and ‘bathroom stall’ jokes of course! Cheers!

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        Buncha butt hurt Pittsburgh fans with the thumbs down, eh? That’s fine. I see no replies, which basically insiuates that there’s nothing to be said. Your fan base LOVES to bash Ray Lewis, but defends your beloved QB who had multiple women accuse him of rape, one of which was coerced into his hotel room against her wishes, and another had his personal bouncers outside of a bathroom blocking anybody from coming inside. And he paid both off, am I right? Sooo there’s that…

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    On behalf of my city… total fail. Baltimore wanted to host this event not just for the financial incentive, but in hopes that they could use these events as reason to help justify another major sport in town (basketball and hockey primarily, with soccer in the debate). And while plans for a new arena have been on hold for about 3 or 4 years now (with no construction date in sight), the least they could have done was make the event up to par for the fans and the players. Instead they gave it a half assed effort and in the end, lose the event.

    Real shame too, considering how many Capitals season ticket holders live in Baltimore, Harford, Carroll and AA County. I think they could easily duplicate a Caps fanbase in Baltimore without a doubt.

    • wethog66 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      The number of season ticket holders in AA county is down lately after the Caps basically blew off AA County when they left Piney Orchard for Kettler. Kind of like a mini Colts move to Indy. The Caps lit out of Piney Orchard and didn’t even turn off the lights as they left, basically.

      • letsgocaps88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        i’m a STH living in Baltimore Co and man do i miss the Piney orchard days. Convenient right off of 97 pretty much. Capitals hardly do anything in MD anymore. All the viewing parties are in Virginia, which is a bust for the most part and just a pain to go there.

      • wethog66 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Exactly, and there was a quote from Olie when the move happened that really chapped my balls. Gonna try and find it…

        Can’t fine it, yet, but basically it gave the impression that the Caps were abandoning their MD fans in order to focus solely on their perceived meal ticket, Northern VA.

      • letsgocaps88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        I totally agree, “NOVA” as they say is $$$$. I remember going to ESPN Zone ( No longer there) in the inner Habor because Donald bashear was doing a Q and A. Only around 30 showed up. To me i loved it, Elliot from 101 was doing the MC i guess you could say.. Granted this was back a few years. If the CAPS do anything in MD it seems like Montgomery county. Rockville no thanks!

  6. wethog66 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Not surprised. Baltimore is a joke. Has been my entire 37 years of living and residing in MD. Baltimore Arena should be torn down and Camden Yards is not far behind based on what I’ve seen and heard of the interior bits of that fabulous stadium. We will build it, but don’t expect us to maintain it.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      What the hell are you talking about regarding Camden Yards needing to be torn down?! Do you pay attention to anything? Have you not heard the Commish of MLB just say Camden Yards is EXACTLY what every ballpark should be like? Have you not seen the upgrades and renovations over the past few years? Have you actually walked inside OPACY at any point in your time in Baltimore? Get some sense buddy…

      • wethog66 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        I guess reading comprehension is something else that needs to be worked on in good old Baltimore. I never said Camden Yards needs to be torn down. I was saying that, based on what Ive seen and what others have told me of the condition of the interior infrastructure (stuff regular public doesn’t see) of Camden Yards, that it will need to be torn down, that The Yard is rotting from the inside. That the folk that run Baltimore don’t maintain anything in their city.

        I love Camden Yards, that’s why I called it a “fabulous stadium” in my previous post. And I still think its fabulous after they built that eye sore in left field that is the Hilton. And there is another knock on the idiots that run Baltimore. Have the best baseball stadium in MLB, a stadium that set the trend of retro/smaller/fan friendly ball parks and the City Fathers, and Mothers, let Hilton Hotels build a huge silver eye sore that dominates the outfield skyline. Just another example of:

        Baltimore = Joke

  7. twesty85 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Just got done reading all the comments and forgot what i was reading. Was the article about Ray Lewis or the capitals? No one cares what you say about Ray Lewis here this is an NHL site.

    • ravanator - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM


      • theageofquarrel - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM


  8. laxer37 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    capsnbohs23 says:
    I get a good laugh at people who still think ray is a murderer


    Yeah, the guy throws away the white suit he was wearing that night and refuses to cooperate with the police.

    Absolutely hilarious!!!

    • jdlinder11 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Totes not a guilty breh. Plea bargaining with the police is totes something innocent people do……

  9. kicksave1980 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    I don’t know much about Baltimore at all, but it’s a shame that it turned out that way. Most fans in the home city hate going to preseason games, so I always thought it would be a good idea to make a lot of those games neutral site in order to give people who don’t have a team a chance to go to a game. Speaking of neutral site games, does anyone else remember when all teams used to play 2 neutral site games/year? They didn’t do it for long, and I think 93 was the last season of those…but I always thought it was a good idea.

    • wethog66 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Don’t feel bad for Baltimore. The city has had minor league hockey franchises in the past and they folded or moved out because no one would go to the games.

      I don’t know why NHL teams like the Caps commit to at least 1 pre-season game at their AHL affiliate. Would be a nice pay back to those fans that support an AHL team that sees good players come and go up to their NHL home clubs during the season. I know after last season the Hershey fans deserve a lot of love and support from the Caps.

  10. cliffatola - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I remember going to the Skipjacks games back in the day, those games were a blast. The arena was a dump then so you can only imagine what it is like today. There is no reason a city of that size shouldn’t have a state of the art arena for concerts and sports. Come on Kevin Plank, think of it the Under Armour arena in the same city where your UA headquarters happens to be.

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