The Washington Times - September 12, 2011, 05:57PM

Discussing a change of schedule that meant the elimination of the annual Gaetan Duchesne Cup tournament during Capitals training camp, Bruce Boudreau didn’t want to bemoan the reason: next Tuesday’s “Baltimore Hockey Classic” exhibition game against the Predators.

“We’re happy to be playing in Baltimore,” he said. “A new fan base type [of] thing.”

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From the sound of it, he’s not the only one happy about it. The Caps have sold roughly 9,500 tickets for the Sept. 20 game, according to 1st Mariner Arena general manager Frank Remesch.

“It’s incredible,” Remesch told The Washington Times. “When we first did this, in the back of my mind, I was thinking about 7,500 tickets – I would consider that a success.”

There are still some final details to be worked out and some sponsors to deal with, but Remesch said the expected capacity is 11,111. Placement of cameras and various other things could change that.

He said ticket sales were predictably brisk when the Caps were in the playoffs and tapered off when they were eliminated.

The Caps players who are participating in the game will conduct their morning skate at 1st Mariner Arena, while others will practice at Kettler.