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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  1. Vic

    This is not the Philadelphia I remember when traveling to that city many times during the eighties. Whatever has caused this negative transformation of the citizens of the City of Brotherly Love is not only dispicable but scary. I cannot, in my wildest imagination, understand such rudeness toward the guest appearance of a beautiful lady and her two little daughters. On the other hand, some of the rhetoric that's out there right now from Sarah Palin's opponents makes it easier to understand, but certainly not appreciated. Say it ain't so, Philly!

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. David

    Ha ha! That made my Saturday.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Bob

    I am torn on this. Its important to respect all candidates and be welcoming , but at the same time she has been spreading a fair bit of hate around recently. I guess its better if she hears how hated she is becoming as opposed to just being pumped up by the faithful (the uninformed, the racists, the right wing radicals, etc). If I were going down such a hateful path, a night with the public like this might just make me aware of it.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. D M Burke

    The crowd booing Palin is evidence that more Americans realize what Palin really is like...a dangerous extremist who abuses executive power and combines church and state. McCain's choice of VP nominee shows his poor judgement. Palin is wildly making inaccurate judgements of Obama... has she no shame? She does not represent me. Go back to Wasilla, Sarah.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Chance

    Ya, didnt see that coming lol, (sarcasm)

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Frank

    We are getting a good look at the McCain mainstream: bigoted, backward looking ideologues.
    Notice how most of the moderate Republicans have stayed away the last two weeks.
    It's Cindy, Sarah and John the aka " the angry menage a trois"

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Tylen

    Just goes to show you... even the hockey fans don't believe the whole "hockey mom, girl next door" schpiel. The only people she's appealing to right now are the hard-core fascists. Wouldn't it be a great day in America if McCain's camp won because they courted THAT vote! *puke*

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. george

    People were cheering and booing – tell it like it was Peter!

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Maggie from Virginia

    My sentiments exactly... The majority of american people are decent people. We do not tolerate evil.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Ginny

    The hockey fans at this game show their superior intelligence to sarah palin. Good for them.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. MATT WILL, W-S N.C.

    That is what she gets. The bottom line is this: You lie. You are moron and mean as h___. You have family members, friends, close friends, in Alaska that is unsure if they will vote for you. What's up with that? Palin go home!

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Chipster

    I don't think too highly of the Alaskan governor either but there's really no reason to be rude to someone invited to the event. This sort of behavior reflects poorly on the participants more than it does on Gov. Palin. Those who oppose the McCain/Palin ticket need to voice their opinions in the voting booth on Nov. 4th. Please VOTE!

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Doug

    I feel badly for her children. How humiliating for them.

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    Good for you Sara!! I guess you are not a hockey mom after all. Your glow has faded!!!

    OBama/Biden 2008

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Beartrack

    My, my a hockey mom booed by real hockey fans. It's just about time for that fat lady to sing sweet goodnight.

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Wayne

    oops..they forgot she doesn't "show" well out side their controlled and staged events...

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. independent

    nice "hockey mom". hockey fans don't even like her!

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Maryland Hockey Mom

    As a die hard Caps fan I say THANK YOU to all you beautiful Flyers fans for being there to express those sentiments. I just wish I could have been there to boo her in person.

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Lary Johnson-Tampa,FL

    John McCain do you see what you started? We should not boo anyone however.

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. nikki

    good!

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. barbara

    Go home to Alaska!! Good photo oportunity having her children with her. Once again using them as props. Why aren't they in school?? I realize today is Saturday, but they are with her during the week. Good parenting on her part!!

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Stew

    This is just what you will get with Obama. Rude gutter politics.

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. soccer moms for obama

    palin, you are no hockey mom.

    glad to hear that americans are finally seeing you for who you are.
    a total monster that doesn't know what Christianity is all about.

    you aren't a christian. you have too much hate for those who don't look like you or think like you (which consists of a lot of people).

    just go back and say that you are guilty.

    obama

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. mitch

    I LOVE AMERICA!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA! GO BACK TO ALASKA!!!!!LOL!

    October 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Real-Eyes

    People are tired of this junk. Lives are at stake and Palin/McCain are lying to the American people. Thank God for the info age. America is waking up out of a long deep trance.

    October 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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