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Caps preseason exhibition likely at First Mariner Arena

The First Mariner Arena and the Washington Capitals have scheduled a news conference for Monday after published reports said the hockey team was close to completing a deal to play a preseason game in Baltimore.

City officials and Capitals General Manager George McPhee will be at the news conference, according to a release sent out Thursday by the arena.

First Mariner Arena spokeswoman Jamie Curtis declined to comment further on the announcement.

The arena last hosted professional hockey in the spring of 1997, when the American Hockey League Baltimore Bandits played their final game in the city, after playing in Baltimore for two years. The franchise moved to Cincinnati for the 1997-98 season.

Before that, the arena was the home to the Baltimore Skipjacks and the Baltimore Clippers.

In February, former Washington Capitals players held a youth hockey clinic at Patterson Park, co-hosted by Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and Parks.