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Baltimore is More of a Hockey Town Than You May Think

June 04, 2018 - 10:31 am

By Joe Schiller 

The city of Baltimore is home to the Orioles and Ravens but in 2018, hockey has taken over the airways. As the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights gear up for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, there’s been plenty of support for the Red across the beltway down I-695.

Through three games, Baltimore has consistently ranked as one of the top markets for the Stanley Cup Final, per NBC Sports.

Game 1: No. 4 (9.07)

Game 2: No. 3 (8.43)

Game 3: No. 3 (7.45)

Aside from Washington D.C. and Vegas, Baltimore has rivaled the likes of historic hockey cities such as Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Chicago. The difference is, all of the cities listed have hockey teams, Baltimore does not.

The Charm City has played host to minor league hockey teams in the past but has never secured a professional franchise, despite opportunities to do so. In return, that’s increased the popularity and support for the Capitals in Baltimore and it hasn’t been limited to the regular population. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has regularly sported his Capitals jersey and players wore t-shirts during a three-game series against the Nationals last week.

The Baltimore presence has even been felt at Capital One Arena. A determined fan tossed a crab onto the ice in Game 3, recreating a similar moment from the 2011 Baltimore Hockey Classic between the Capitals and Predators.

In the age of social media, the move garnered plenty of attention in the hockey world.

An astounding amount of support for the Capitals has come from the Washington D.C. area, but plenty of fans reside across the beltway. And while the odds of a franchise coming to Baltimore are stacked against the city, let it be known that Baltimoreans do care about hockey.