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. ALICIA

    THIS IS SO DISGUSTING i CAN NOT BELIEVE A MAN OF THE CLOTH WOULD WISH ANY BODY WOULD LOSE. WHERE IS YOUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS? DO YOU THINK GOD WOULD WANT YOU TO SAY OR DO HARM TO ANYONE? WHO ARE YOU WORSHIPING. BECAUSE THE GOD I KNOW LOVES EVERYONE.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Rich

    Too funny ... but appropriate.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. HighPowered

    Ha Ha! F@#king Hilarious. True Hockey fans called the "Hockey Mom's" BS.

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Arlene Allen

    Oh how I would have liked to have been in the hockey rink in Philly! Palin should not be considered as #1 Hockey Mom-I would have been booing my head off. My son played hockey for 12 years and I lived at the rink and was on the road with him all of those wonderful years. I know GOOD hockey Mom's. Palin should be booed all this great country-she has no ability to be VP for this country let alone President.

    Montana Lady

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  5. evangelical

    ahahaha

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. VOICE OF REASON

    EVER WATCHED THE GRINS ON HOCKEY PLAYERS DURING THE GAME. MISSING TEETH ARE A TRIBUTE NO LESS. RATHER BE BOOED THERE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE I CAN THINK OF. MUST BE RUNNING LOW ON ANTI PALIN MATERIAL. 'SIDES HOCKEY IN THE SOUTH MEANS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT.

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. Jeff from Jersey

    Time for a slapshot right upside the head,EH?Does that hair qualify as a helmet or does it just keep the light from shining right throuh there?

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. R-Howard

    Yeah, thats a toss upstate.LOL

    October 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. mb--texas

    Wow.Lot different than Palin/McCain events

    October 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Andrea

    The Philly fans only did what the rest of us do everytime she speaks. We scream at the t.v., this can't be for real!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Susan

    So what!

    October 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Tony

    This woman is unethical and needs to resign as Governor of Alaska. She is not fit to serve as a public servant and most especially as Vice President!

    October 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. McWho??

    You've overstayed your welcome Sarah. I just feel sorry for the children who have to witness it... at least they will learn the valuable lesson that nobody likes liars and hopefully they won't emulate her in that regard

    October 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Rita

    Serves her right. Go home to Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. So Cal Gal

    Now go back to Alaska and take care of your 500 children and leave the politics to people that have a clue

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. John

    Awesome.

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Shirley

    It's about time this egomaniac got a reality check. Some hockey moms don't consider her a role model. Methinks "the bloom is off the rose!"

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Miriam

    Awesome! Great job Philadelphia!

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. cephalus

    Not every one loves people who try to sow discord,in a crissis people needs to bring people together!
    PALIN IS DEVIDER

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. jennifer

    the booing of her at centre ice with her daughters....disgusting

    October 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Mark

    you reap what you sow Sara Palin. I don't know who is the phonier your or mccain

    October 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. bonita

    all the hate that is coming from her on the trail thats why she got booed

    October 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. scott fairness

    Palin had the nerve to say that the media needs to attack Obama and force him to give some answers while campaigning today. Was i dreaming or did she not answer questions directed towards her in the v.p. debate two weeks ago????? As a Republican, she makes me ashamed of my own party!

    Scott

    October 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Real Talk

    This was the one of the dumbest things her campign could have did. Philly fans don't hide there emotions. They let her know that she is one hockey mon that can go back to Alaska.
    But we already know that this was obviously Barack Obama's fault???? How can they spin this? Philly is a blue collar city and have had enough of the republican party. Go Flyers.

    October 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. No McCain

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Only in Philadelphia!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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