Washington for the second straight year will host the Baltimore Hockey Classic, a preseason game held at 1st Mariner Arena. The game will be played Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Last year’s inaugural exhibition against the Nashville Predators was sold out, with 11,082 fans rocking the red at the first professional hockey game held in Charm City since 1997.

But both teams spoke afterward about the poor ice quality, with ex-Capital Tyler Sloan calling the often-soupy surface “dangerous.” Owner Ted Leonsis also acknowledged the ice conditions but was pleased with the game, writing, “The fans had a great time; at a near sold out arena; the people in Baltimore were really terrific to work with; the ice could have been better as noted in this article. But – no complaints – we move on and head now into our season; thanks for the support.”

Details on tickets are in the press release after the jump:

The Washington Capitals will face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second Baltimore Hockey Classic presented by W.R. Grace on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at 7 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Capitals general manager George McPhee, 1st Mariner Arena/SMG general manager Frank Remesch and president of the Baltimore City Council Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today.

“We are excited to return to Baltimore,” said Capitals president Dick Patrick. “The overwhelming support from the city of Baltimore and our fans in Maryland made this decision to return for a second-consecutive season an easy one.”

Last year’s inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic, which featured the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals kicking off the Capitals’ 2011-12 preseason schedule, sold out as the capacity crowd of 11,082 fans enjoyed the first professional hockey game played in Baltimore since 1997.

Every Washington Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Baltimore Hockey Classic presented by W.R. Grace beginning Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available. All other fans interested in attending the event are encouraged to purchase their tickets when they go on sale on Monday, April 23, at 10 a.m.