Graig Woodburn, hockey writer was 50

The Kings' press box crowd is mourning the death of their friend Graig Woodburn, a Los Angeles attorney who by night covered the Kings and Ducks for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Associated Press and The Sporting News. Most recently he had moved to Boston to cover hockey for and be close to family while battling pancreatic cancer. He died Sunday, the station announced. In Boston, the Bruins' PR department will dedicate a press box seat to him for the rest of the season.

Helene Elliott, L.A. Times: "To cover hockey you really have to love it and he did — he played the game and was thrilled to be writing about it even though his 'real job' was practicing law. His daughter, Lauren, planned to attend the Ducks’ game Monday night at Boston in his honor."

Gann Matsuda, Frozen Royalty: "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 or as fan, make no mistake…those drops are not from rain."

Rich Hammond, L.A. Kings Insider: "Graig and I always joked that if the Kings won the Stanley Cup, we would write the book and call it, 'Royal Ascent.' He will be missed."

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