Capitals To Face Bruins In 2013 Baltimore Hockey ClassicPosted on April 26, 2013
By Stephen London
Ice hockey will return to 1st Mariner Arena when the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins for the second Baltimore Hockey Classic. The game will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 17, 2013, 1st Mariner Arena/SMG general manager Frank Remesch and Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young announced April 26.
The inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic was between the Capitals and the Nashville Predators in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,082 hockey fans. There was a Baltimore Hockey Classic planned for 2012, but it was canceled because of the NHL lockout. The 2011 classic was the first professional hockey game in Baltimore since 1997.
"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," Capitals president Dick Patrick said in a statement.
Baltimore was the home of the two AHL franchises, the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1981-93 and the Baltimore Bandits from 1995-97. The Skipjacks were the affiliate of the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Capitals before moving to Portland, Maine, after the 1992-93 campaign. The Bandits had distinct Capitals legends such as Don Beaupre and Olie Kolzig.
Tickets for the Baltimore Hockey Classic go on sale for season-ticket holders at 10 a.m. May 1, while all other fans interested in going can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. May 3.
1st Mariner Arena is Baltimore's largest indoor venue and entertainment facility. Opened in 1962, the arena was the cornerstone of the Baltimore Inner Harbor redevelopment. Formerly known as the Baltimore Arena, 1st Mariner Arena hosts more than 800,000 guests annually.
The Capitals are going to the playoffs for the sixth straight season, which is tied for fourth among active postseason streaks. The Caps also captured their fifth division title of the past six years with their 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets April 23.
Currently, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on top of the NHL scoring list with 32 goals. Ovechkin is the only active player in the NHL to have scored at least 30 goals during his first eight seasons. Had this been a full season, Ovechkin would be on pace to tie his personal best of 65 goals during a season, which he accomplished during the 2007-08 season.
Posted April 26, 2013