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Tears From The Hockey Gods, Not Raindrops, Are Falling On Southern California

Graig Woodburn, who loved to play hockey,
is shown here on the ice at Fenway Park prior
to the 2010 Winter Classic that featured the
Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.
Photo: Graig Woodburn

LOS ANGELES — For most people here in Southern California, the region has been drenched by rain the past few days. But if you are involved with the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks, either as part of the teams, a member of the media, or as fan, make no mistake…those drops are not from rain.

No, not rain at all. Rather, the dark clouds reflect sadness and the drops falling from the sky are tears, as the hockey gods, at least, the ones who watch over the Kings and Ducks, are crying.

Graig Woodburn, 50, died on December 19, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He covered the Kings and Ducks for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Associated Press and The Sporting News until a couple of seasons ago, and most recently, he moved to Boston to cover the Boston Bruins for WEEI.com during the 2009-10 season, and to be closer to his family. Read more of this post

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LA Kings Trade With Boston Bruins For Marco Sturm Now Official

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 14, the Los Angeles Kings announced that veteran left wing Marco Sturm has passed all physical tests and that the trade that sent him from the Boston Bruins to the Kings that was announced on December 11, 2010, is now official. Read more of this post

LA Kings Add Offensive Depth By Acquiring Left Wing Marco Sturm

TRADE: Also includes post-game audio interviews from Minnesota Wild/Los Angeles Kings game on December 11, 2010.


LOS ANGELES — If anything has been crystal-clear about the Los Angeles Kings over the last couple of seasons, it is that they have a gaping hole in their lineup at left wing on their first line.

President/General Manager Dean Lombardi tried to fill that hole during the summer by going after then-unrestricted free agent superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk. But he signed with the New Jersey Devils and has led them to the second-worst record in the National Hockey League this season as of this writing. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings: Fixing The Defense Must Be The Top Priority

LOS ANGELES — Despite ending their three-game losing skid with a 4-3 shootout victory at Boston on November 20, the Los Angeles Kings are not firing on all cylinders as they head into the Great White North to face the Ottawa Senators on November 22 and the Montreal Canadiens on November 24. Read more of this post

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