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. Royalty

    She thought that by putting her daughter in a Flyer's shirt, she wouldn't get booed. She said that on Fox News.

    Boy was she wrong.

    And she subjected her daughter to that, which is abuse. This lady will use anyone and do anything for power. Even put her own children at risk. Moms everywhere should be outraged.

    October 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. james

    I guess Sarah finally got a little taste of what educated, worldly Americans think about her

    October 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. UBh8sPalin

    ha ha go home Palin

    October 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Tracy

    Welcome to the lower 48 Gov Palin – it'll be over soon. You sure will leave a mark once you return to Alaska – you betcha.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. sandee in Portland

    Gee, Sarah, I guess it does matter if you've abused the power of your office as Governor and told lie after lie after lie. It's a whole different thing when you're not surrounded by the fawning, right wing Pentacostal Christians of the Republican party.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. DAve Stewart

    Flyers fans aren't stupid.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. TND

    I have a new found respect for Philly Fan.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Harry Santiago-Perez, Philadelphia

    I am a Philadelphian but I am so happy the Flyers lost in the "Losers Night": Flyers losing to the Rangers, the future former GOP Vice President Candidate, and her daughter Salt and Pepper.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. William Delaware

    Philly fans got that one right! Of course they even booed santa claus, so what does that tell you?

    October 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Jack (Altoona, Pennsylvania resident)

    The last tag I would give Governor Palin would be that of a maverick. She is a dated, bigoted representative of the past. As a father of three including two girls, I think she is a setback to women's causes and a disgrace to her sex. The sooner this race ends the better. May she have a good life near Russia (i.e., in Alaska).

    October 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. Me

    Palin is a POODLE not a Pitbull!
    GOBAMA!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Philly Doesn't Fool Around

    Hey Caribou Barbie, GO HOME AND STAY THERE! Wonder how how she explains the boo's to her kiddies...

    October 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Ohio for Obama

    And can you imagine how different the response would have been, had Sen. Obama skated out on the ice to do the honors? People would have been shrieking with glee to see their next president drop the puck.

    McBush and Barracuda need to take their negativity back to Arizona and Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Petrinia

    Instead of worrying about hockey,find more solutions for the economic crisis that we are going through, Mrs.hockey mom/VP for republicans,I would have booed you too!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Danni

    That's my city!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Matto

    Booing? SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Christine El Paso

    Oh I thought she was going to be the bell at the ball with this one!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Expect it more often!

    This lady gives "hockey moms" everywhere a bad name!

    Shameful!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Beth

    I'm definitely not a Sarah Palin fan, but booing just seems so childish and rude, especially when she had family with her.

    October 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Dave Flyers Fan

    Sarah Palin JINXED us.

    We should have won that game if Sarah did not rear her head like putin into the Flyers airspace.

    Philadelphia Flyers for OBAMA.

    October 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. GI

    When you sling mud, what goes around, comes around!

    October 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Pittsburgh for Obama

    LOSER!!!!

    GO BACK TO ALASKA. Look at yourself before you speak about Obama...Unethical Moose Hunter

    October 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Gambi

    Thank you Flyers fans!
    Send the message we are not going to tolerate her hateful, ugly, fear monguring and racist attacks. She has done nothing to unite this country.
    Vote Hope Not Hate
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Booing Gov Palin is not enough – lets just show the McCain-Palin the front door on Nov 4 and send them both home. I once really respected Mr McCain but he has lost his honor and just needs to get out. As for Palin I suggest reading about the Alasaka Indenpendence Party and you will figure this person out and what she would have represented had we elected this person.

    October 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. This Election is Critical

    Sarah, this is wahat happens when you plane seeds of hate. People don't want to hear this crap. I just found out that hundreds of Ohioians lost there job. They have nothing. Som while your out with your family like a celebrity, it continue to show that you are all about yourself and not about the millions of people that are suffering.

    You are so out of touch.

    October 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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