October 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin booed at NHL game in Philadelphia

The view from the press box as Sarah Palin posed with members of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
The view from the press box as Sarah Palin posed with members of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Although many Philadelphia Flyers fans cheered and clapped as Sarah Palin took to the ice at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night to drop the ceremonial puck kicking off this town's NHL season, their warm reception was no match for the 90 seconds of sustained booing that rumbled through the arena, drowning out most of the cheers in support of the Republican vice presidential nominee.

As Palin stepped onto the ice before a capacity crowd to drop the puck, joined by her daughters Willow and Piper, the arena's jumbotron flashed a futile message to the thousands of notoriously harsh Philadelphia sports fans in attendance.

"Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin," the massive electronic message board pleaded, to little effect. Booing quickly erupted when the smiling candidate emerged from a tunnel leading onto the ice, muffling the applause of any Palin supporters in the crowd.

Some in the audience simply gave her a thumbs down gesture. Others called her names.

Palin spent about a minute and a half on center ice, posing for pictures with Flyers captain Mike Richards and New York Rangers assistant captain Scotty Gomez, an Alaska native. The crowd commotion was sustained for her entire time in the rink.

Palin's showing did not appear to help the Flyers, who looked hapless in the first period, giving up four goals to their rivals from New York. The governor stayed to watch the first two periods with family and staff in the box of Flyers owner Ed Snider, and by the time she departed the Wachovia Center for her hotel, the Flyers had narrowed the lead to 4-2.


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soundoff (998 Responses)
  1. Sarah who?

    i want to see this video cnn, it would do wonders for my dreams.....

    October 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. New Day

    awesome!!!! The first time I ever liked Flyers fans

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. School Girl Sarah

    Hockey fans know a fake when they see one

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Rita/Arkansas

    I am terribly sorry that Palin's daughters had to be present to hear what happened to their Mother-but am not sorry that someone finally put her in her proper place. She has been a cancer on the political scene since she started. She is a sorry mess and should quietly resign and go home.

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. No Surprise

    That's Philadelphia for you. They'd boo their own mothers.

    October 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Newfound Flyers fan

    I call that Justice, with a capital J.

    October 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Rennae B.

    THE

    PEOPLE

    HAVE

    SPOKEN

    Hate and racism will never again prosper!!

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. David

    Flyers know the difference between ice hockey and bull hockey.

    Go Obama!

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Lee

    I'd probably boo too. If I wanted to be subjected to Sarah P-lie-n, then I would go to a rally. Those hockey fans were FORCED

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Noemi in Los Angeles

    Boooo!!! Palin gets what she has been spreading all through the campaign... HATE!!

    Karma is a...

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Linda

    I am so ashamed to know that people in the USA are so disrepectful to these people. so ashamed for our country.

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. RevRayGreen

    using the kids as props...........let's see the polls on Tuesday.

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. jen

    Glad people are waking up and seeing the hate-inciting pitbull for what she is.

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Joan Fl Voter

    Thats because every one know she's a self proclaimed 'hocky mom' She is a fake and should be really focused on taking care of her 6 month old special needs baby! If she paid more attention to her family her17 yo would not have been knocked up!!!
    Boooooooooooo!!! Go back to Alaska where Todd wants to seperate from the union!
    She is Clueless and a complete Ditz who only knows how to recite a speech!

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. lia

    Erratic gambler and power abuser be our president ???
    Booooooooooo

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. David

    Seems like a taste of what's to come...on November 4

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Rache from Bowie

    They booed because she and #894 are trying to divide our country at what appears to be klan rallys. This is not what we want in our leaders. This can't be. I have no idea who talked McCain into selecting Palin but his reputation has fallen so far so fast that he may not be able to return to the senate and be an effective member of that body.

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. rob

    welcome to philly! now go home....

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Jann in Denver

    Uh Oh, the jig is up Sarah!

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Chaco

    How does that 'angry mob' mentality feel to ya now, Sarah? Huh? wink-wink

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Tom Behan

    Didn't someone WARN her this might happen.....so she could keep her kids from expereincing it. What a brainless mo

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Rodger

    Sarah is poison! This was not the usual Conservative right wing crowd she is ranting and lying to!!! I hope the Flyers right wing owner is happy! The people and fans rule! Sarah, go back to Alaska!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. YOLA

    Well, I guess PA will stay blue! RFLMAO! What a joke!

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Chris

    Also note the Obama-Biden signs held up behind Gov. Palin while she was posing for the photo opportunity (more easily seen in pictures specifically of her dropping the puck). What were they thinking, sending her to a sporting game where pretty much everyone expected the crowd to be unruly & un-receptive?

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Aleesa

    Haha, great job Hockey Mom! Looks like America really loves you now!

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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