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1st Mariner Arena close to finalizing deal to host another Capitals preseason game

1st Mariner Arena close to finalizing deal to host another Capitals preseason game

Officials at 1st Mariner Arena are close to finalizing a deal with the Washington Capitals to host an NHL preseason game for the second straight year. The second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic will be held Sept. 27. An announced sellout crowd of 11,082 packed the Arena last September for the first professional ice hockey game in Baltimore since 1997. The Capitals lost, 2-0, to the Nashville Predators. Despite issues with the ice surface during the game, the Capitals will return to the Baltimore market. "They're doing it the right way," said 1st Mariner Arena general manager Frank Remesch, who estimated a deal is "99 percent" done. "They're selling out...

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