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 during the 2009-10 season, and to be closer to his family. Read more of this post