This past Tuesday, I was among the 11,082 attendees at the inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic. Despite the slippery conditions on the ice and the slightly warm atmosphere at the 1st Mariner Arena, loads of excitement filled the air when the Capitals and Predators faced off.
The faces of the fans were enthralled when Alex Ovechkin laid a few hits to the boards, thunderous applause was heard as Caps goalie Michael Neurvirth sprawled around the net making saves and the crowd sang a rousing rendition of the old "Baltimore Clippers Fight Song" of the 60s and 70s.
Charm City has not housed a hockey franchise since the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bandits in 1997. A mix of poor management, a ridiculously home scheduled conjured by arena owners and a dump of an arena were the main cause for the team to move to Cincinnati (now known as the Rockford Icehogs).
Nevertheless, I have five good reasons why Baltimore should once again house minor-league hockey.