The Capitals have put the Baltimore Hockey Classic on hold for at least one season, and will play all of their home preseason games at Verizon Center next fall.

“The Baltimore Hockey Classic was a terrific event and we were overwhelmed with the support from the city of Baltimore, Baltimore Arena and our fans in Maryland,” a team spokesman said in an email, “but after evaluating all of our options the decision was made to play all home preseason games at Verizon Center next season.”

The decision did not come as a surprise to Baltimore Arena general manager Frank Remesch, who accepted full responsibility this week for his building’s shortcomings in the Capitals’ two most recent visits to Charm City.

“I honestly never thought they were coming back,” Remesch said in a phone interview this week. “Really, we needed to be perfect. Everything is magnified when you host one game a year, and if they’re going to give up a home gate and travel to a smaller venue, then we need to be perfect and we weren’t.”

The Baltimore Hockey Classic was first staged in Sept. 2011 when the Capitals met the Nashville Predators in preseason play before a sellout crowd of 11,082 at Baltimore Arena.