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. jls

    How does it feel "hockey mom" to get booed in front of a crowd of hockey fans? Hilarious!

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Would've paid to have been there!

    Back 'atcha! Cutsey, Cutsey with no brains only works at a neocon KKK rally...

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. victor

    Were "SARAH's Chaperones" with her? ...They wouldn't want her
    to get shook up or confused what with the big mean hockey crowd booing her and all... I mean she's kinda "in public" for her very first time...a far cry from those nice big white supremacist-crowds she's been drawing !!!! God Bless America!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. rs

    That's what Ed Snider gets for injecting politics into sports. Shameful. And it also would have been shameful to have Joe Biden or Barack Obama drop the puck , although here in blue, blue Philly, they wouldn't have received the same reaction.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I think deep down in her heart Ms. Palin knows that she is culpable and an accessory to Senator McCain's path towards dishonor.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Jan in CA

    Please Sarah take the hint. Your devisive ways are not appreciated. America wants an honorable discussion of the facts and policies of two men who serve America and who are good Americans. You have shown us a very different way and it isn't attractive or honorable or good for the country. Please, please get that you are hurting America.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. BOO

    this means something. It sounds like people that aren't put in an arena just to cheer Palin don't. I hope Mc Cain can hear the boos to. He has a big problem it is a cancer that if he doesn't get rid of it will kill his campaign.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. donkey

    While I completely and unequivocally disagree with almost everything that comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth, I think the folks that booed her while she had her daughters in tow should be ashamed of themselves.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Susan

    "....joined by her daughters" !!!!

    Don't they study or go to school?

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

    why she would think phili would be welcoming to her is beyond me, she should have done it in nashville, but we know smart campaigning isn't what mccain/palin are about.

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

    HILARIOUS!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. RC

    Oops, not a good PR move, yikes!

    Obama 08!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Jude

    At least the people of Philly got it..... Palin and McSame just don't get it. " It's the economy stupid "

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Mike-WA

    She should have winked at them. That would have gotten their hockey sticks moving.

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Go Flyers

    It was rude, but so is Sarah Palin.

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Indiana Joe

    QUESTION:

    WHO IS THE MAVERICK NOW? NOT McCAIN AND CERTAINLY NOT PALIN! IS SHE BRINGING CHANGE TO WASHINGTON, OF COURSE NOT… HOW ABOUT CORRUPTION? >>> YA BETCHA!!!

    "BOOOOOO..."

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. whynotus in philly burbs

    just goes to show you...without the unscripted message and the crowd packed with hand picked supporters, she falls. That is how ameica views her...flyers fans are hardowrking, joe six pack types, union workers, blue collar types...so much for her connecting to that group. BTW, not a lot of philadelphians go to Flyers game...Phill burbs and S. jersey...almost all white...mark my words...this will end badly for McSame and his little friend.

    October 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Donna

    In an attempt to stop the booing, Palin took her daughters on the ice with her. In other words, she deliberately subjected her children to booing and jeers for political expediency. This is shameful. Obama has never used his children in this manner–Palin either tries to capitalize on her Downs' syndrome infant or use her other children for political gain.

    October 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. former gop

    And from my living room – BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Vote for Obama. The average Texan would receive a much LARGER tax cut under Obama's plan than McCain's. That money will go directly to paying off debt and buying products from American businesses. When consumers spend money, businesses make money, and they hire people. It is called trickle up economics. It works. Trickle down – as we have seen, ensures the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

    October 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. mia

    Good----my only wish is that she ended up with a puck down her throat. For all the trash she is talking you would think she was a garbage disposal. How can anyone living in the good ole America get a crowd that angry. It shows that the only people going to these rallies are down right ignorant!!! How can you feed the fire with more fire. It shows absolute no regard or concern for America. If this continues we can be sure that we will have our own "Iraq" right here and McCain/Palin will have no one to blame but themselves.

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. RK

    I am a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and very tired of the degrading comments of this Governor. If this is her approach not sure what her approach would be to other world leaders she disagrees with hockey mom or not. We need someone to represent our country who speak to the issues intelligently. Her attacks in this campaign and use of fear tactics approved by Senator McCain may result in some serious and ugly reaction by some zealots like in Iowa tonight.

    I certainly would like to see these angry frustrated men in Senator McCain's campaign regain some integrity that has been the hallmark until this campaign of Senator McCain. Take the high road Senator.

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Mia

    It bothers me a little , but not a lot that she was booed. I was raised to be polite and I hate anything that feels like decree by mob , but that said I Ithink the noise she heard may help her understand that it is not just the media and " liberal elites " who think she is not good for the country or John McCain's campaign.Hate mongering is rejected by most..given our painful history its especially heinous when it increases the possibility that we might lose another leader to violence,,,she needs to know inciting fear and hatred of a candidate is completely unacceptable.

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. A P

    Philly is my new favorite city.

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Amy

    It seems that's what happens when you seek to divide our great country.

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