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Tampa Bay Times Forum ice surface removed; another long summer without hockey draws closer...

The Tampa Bay Times Forum removed its ice Monday and the ice wont return until September when NHL training camps begin.

January 19th, 2013 feels like so long ago -- a fresh sheet of ice for opening night. The ice surface was removed at the Tampa Bay Times forum today, May 20 2013.
January 19th, 2013 feels like so long ago -- a fresh sheet of ice for opening night. The ice surface was removed at the Tampa Bay Times forum today, May 20 2013.
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The Tampa Bay Times Forum removed its ice today, which is always a disappointing sight to see, especially at this time of the year. It means that the Lightning didn't make the playoffs and there won't be hockey back in Tampa Bay until September when NHL training camps begin.

It is starting to get hot and humid outside and while the NHL playoffs are in full swing, the end of the playoff season still draws near.

The stifling, dog days of summer are just upon us and that means the hockey-less months that all fans despise are closer as well.

Enjoy hockey while it is still on, even though you might not be a fan of the teams still alive in the playoffs. Hockey is hockey and we all know how it feels when there isn't any to watch. We might be able catch up on our shows and our days at the beach, but there is always something missing from summer...