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. Petrinia

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

    October 11, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Steven

    That is funny

    October 11, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Lisa, Atlanta GA

    Dang! The hockey mom got booed at the hockey game? WOW!! Things aren't looking so good for McCain/Palin. Her own people don't like her!

    October 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. joe g

    I for one am thrilled that the Flyers fans rejected such shameless pandering. But why exactly are those poor kids dragged all over the place with her? I don't think if I was as young as Piper that I would enjoy being in the middle of a hockey arena with my mother who is being boo'd by thousands of fans.

    October 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. gigi

    YOU GO PHILLY!!! TELL HER LIKE IT IS.

    October 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    ha!

    October 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. rdf

    HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. ricky

    i guess joe six pack wasn't there..........................

    October 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Oakland99

    Amazingly stupid. And, this person will be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

    October 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Kendra/Indianapolis, IN

    As my mother use to say "God don't like ugly" and neither does Philly!

    October 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Game Misconduct

    Palin deserves a Game Misconduct for her violence inducing rhetoric...good for the Philly crowd for letting her know it!!

    October 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. aware

    Shame on you Obama fans!

    October 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Theogracias

    Phlyer fans know garbage when they see it.

    October 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Scooter

    hey, she got out alive....better than the folks she wants to kill in pointless wars....yeah, great mom!

    October 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Roberto Valdés

    Apparently she is getting used to being booed...

    Poor Sarah Palin. Poor Republicans.

    October 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Mountain man

    Can you say "faux celebrity?" Stay out of sports and do your job in politics! What's that? You don't know how? Is that why you are on a sporting adventure? I guess it's time to try for the sports fanatics now that the "get the Hilary votes" is not going your way...How's YOUR savings accounts looking today!?

    October 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. jaya khanal

    Now more people will know the truth. She is a bully and has no quality to be a president. She is a liar and a big bully. We do not need a bully and disrespectful person to lead America.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. beth

    I think a few boos for Palin don't come close to the crap that's been coming out of her mouth.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Natalie

    I'm sure she will blame it on the 'gotcha media' and Obama at her next campaign rally.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. Linda-Omaha

    good, go home to alaska and be unethetical, they like that there, and take todd with you

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. J.C.

    Thats hilarious, but Philly fans have booed Santa Claus before. I also need to mention that her puck drop was pretty lame from a self-proclaimed "hockey mom". Liar? Hopefully soon to be loser.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. Dave M

    I love it! Who said hockey fans were stupid!

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. aware

    Sarah Palin is an authentic American, and she will be vindicated! :)

    Obama fans – not so much! :(

    October 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. catching up to Sarah there

    Well Sarah looks like your hate has caught up to sowing seeds of hatred and condoning lynch mob mentalities is not what PA wants in the White House for the next four years

    October 11, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. James Bailey

    Hockey fans don't like governors who abuse their power.

    October 11, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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