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  • Playing in Baltimore can expand team reach

    BALTIMORE | Tuesday night was not just another exhibition game for the Washington Capitals. Usually, the first game of the preseason is a chance for veteran NHL players to get up to speed after a summer away and for younger guys to impress coaches and fight for roster spots.

  • Caps look to build Baltimore base with preseason game

    From the perspective of the Capitals' organization and the city of Baltimore, there was a lot of buildup for Tuesday night's Baltimore Hockey Classic. This is a chance to expand a fan base further into Maryland, providing something of a novelty by playing at 1st Mariner Arena.

  • Alex Ovechkin (8) of the Washington Capitals argues a call with a referee in the final seconds of the Washington Capitals loss to the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in a preseason exhibition game at the 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD, Tuesday, September 20, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Ice conditions muddle Caps' Baltimore Hockey Classic

    The Capitals were thrilled to get a sellout crowd of 11,082 at 1st Mariner Arena on Tuesday night for the Baltimore Hockey Classic. But in terms of the on-ice action, that many people packed into a building built in 1962 didn't help.

  • Defenseman Yvon Labre, a former Washington Capital, is shown during the 1969-70 season with the Baltimore Clippers. Despite the Capitals playing an exhibition game tonight at 1st Mariner Arena, it's unlikely minor league hockey will return to the city anytime soon. (American Hockey League)

    Hockey was on thin ice in Baltimore

    When Michael Caggiano owned the Baltimore Bandits minor league hockey team in the mid-1990s, he received a letter from a woman who went to a game with her husband and two children. She loved it, the letter said, but she'd never go back.

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