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. plb

    What goes around, comes around. Enough said...

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    LOVING IT!!! Wish I was there to enjoy that and join in! It is WELL-DESERVED!

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Joseph

    Governor Palin,Why did you fire this poor man? doesn't he has a right to work and feed his family? May be he voted for you thinking that you will do good for Alaska and Country. So what is my guarantee to vote for you? are you really trust worthy? Nop.

    Verdict : Good Luck on your Impeachment.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. rusty

    Poor Sarah. It's all Barack's fault. I sure wish I was there. I'm sure it was a "priceless" 90 seconds. Way to go Flyer's fans! She definately deserved it.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. As the 'Pain Turns

    Time to go back to Alaska. And how dare she take her children out there and expose them to a room full of angry people. Kids don't belong in the middle of this sort of nastiness.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Rick FL

    Boooo Palin!
    You reap what you sow when you parrot your Rovian nonsense. Boooo!

    No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. New Voter for Obama

    That wasn't very nice, I don't support her but they could have at least taken her daughter's into consideration.
    Well on second thoughts, and remembering the venom she's spewing all around the country, Sarah Palin "What gors around comes around" just wish her kids were't there

    October 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. JforObama

    Wonder why they booed her????????

    October 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Molly

    WHAT – obama gang members were MEAN????? How can that be – thought only the McCain supporters could voice an opinion.
    Obama – you and your Chicago gang club are a FRAUD.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Tennisguypitt

    Ha! That's HILARIOUS!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. Wil

    This woman doesn't know what she got herself into...She has destroyed any further future politcal career she might have had. If John McCain does not win the election she will be washing dishes in a diner somewhere in Anchorage...

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Sarah

    I guess people in Philly actually understand what the consequences are of incited violence lynch mobs with race-baiting smears, and maybe – just maybe – they don't think that's really very American at all. Maybe you should go back your secessionist party after all Sarah Palin, because in America, we don't incite violence against political opponents, we vote: it's called democracy, and it's American.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. TexasAlien

    Poor Sarah! Let's hope she got the message. And if she did not . . . oh well!

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. ROMAN

    Although I am not a McCain/Palin supporter and I thoroughly believe that you reap what you sow. I think its sad that her daughters had to witness the audiences displeasure.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. AZ for Obama

    How 'bout that??

    Hockey crowd not for Palin? Sounds to me like the Hockey Moms stayed home . . .

    Well done Philly!!

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. pam

    The chickens are coming home to roost! Palin has dug her own grave and now knows that Americans in the lower 48 know trash when they see it!

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Lol

    Lmao. Why did he pick her? He is an erratic gambler.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. Stevo

    Well, that about says it all. When hockey fans are united about the "Hockey Mom", there's not much else to say.

    She needs to go back to Alaska and find a moose to butcher. In the meantime, John needs to start looking for somebody else to run with.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Dixie

    The people have spoken, Sarah. Go back to Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Bill

    Ahhhh, too funny!

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Kim

    I love Philadelphia.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Larry-Minn.

    Get a grip, go check out NHL.com they say a few booed and then changed to polite applause..Dont make it sound like everyone hated her.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Melissa

    I am not surprised in the least. She deserves it for all the hatred she spews.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Bea in Dallas, TX

    How funny!!

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Jp

    Way to go !!

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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