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. jelow

    Sara W. Palin should not be subjected her small children to this sort of stuff. C'mon Sarah.

    October 11, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. Moral Conservative

    Good for Philly! She is cold as ice and a head harder then a puck. She is a joke and should just pack it up and go home for the good of her party.

    Lets hear it for Americas #1 Moron!

    October 11, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. MWA

    If Palin should just get the puck out of the campaign, might actually reach his goal.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Melissa

    wow, I really don't like Palin, but booing her when she's with her daughters is harsh, man! Let's try to be a bit kinder to the kids!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Papasan in Arizona

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns are the Right Wing Looneys! Sure Republicans are mad, they are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], with a disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues, and running a revolting Smear and Fear campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Abusing Junk Yard Dog [Palin] scrambling around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry to smokescreen the obvious inept incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign! Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is your idea of Change! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain, please do not come back here to Arizona.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. MWA

    If Palin would just get the puck out of the campaign, McCain might actually reach his goal.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. Marie

    I love how CNN isn't covering any of the hate from the Obama side! I'm amazed anyone on this network can call themselves a journalist. I guess calling for our cities to be burned if Obama doesn't win is just fine with the folks at CNN.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. ryan

    true mobocracy...at its best

    October 11, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. Chiara

    Sarah Palin is a psychotic proto-fascist. She is a religious fanatic and, unlike Bush, she can't even fake it. She is so dumb it is scary that 189 year old McCain selected her in the first place. All her rallies are just like Bush & Cheney–select people only, everything prescripted. Bring her out to the real people and you will see what they think of her. She will be rejected everywhere. As a woman, I am ashamed of her and sick to the core at where the Republican Party has gone. We need to take the Republican Party back from the Neo-Fascists. I'm voting Obama this year!

    October 11, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Shannon

    I thought Obama supporters were above all the hate and pettiness. Guess not, they are no different than McCain supporters, they just like to be hypocritical about it. Thugs!

    October 11, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. herman

    it does not seem that she is really helping McCain much. She seems committed to losing this election for the GOP. He has got to be doubting his decision. wonder if she is really a democratic.

    October 11, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. julie

    I think the disrespect shown to Governor Palin is born out of her recent speeches. You reap what you sow. You put out negativity and it will return to you. I am still praying for peace.

    October 11, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. Mike

    I'm very liberal. As a public figure and a leader I find Palin's philosophy and policy misguided and dangerous. Despite this, reading this story makes me feel sorry for her. It must have been painful for her. Remember everyone, respect your foes, or you're no better then them.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. Go Obama

    Hockey Mom my butt

    October 11, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. Notallchristians

    I'm an evangelical Christian and feel sad and sorry for not only this pastors but so many who continue to conflate religious beliefs (and in this case Christian faith) with politics. Let's say many of us are praying for Obama and trusting that God is with him and with us however this election will turn out. As for me I will vote for Obama and feel that my vote fully is in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ – caring for the poor, oppressed, widow and orphan.

    October 12, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. KW

    People want solutions, and unfortunately the McCain camp is forcing Palin to be rediculously mean-spirited and hateful.

    October 12, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. MVA

    By accepting the VP nomination Sarah Palin set women back 20 years. She is a perfect example to men why women should not be in the whitehouse. She should have declined citing unreadiness. She is making a lot of women very angry.

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. TennTuxx

    hmm...little dose of reality?

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Phil,FL

    Welp Im A flyer fan again! Good Job Flyer Fans!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  20. Chris, American in London

    Why don't they let George Bush wander free in the audience without the secret service. Either george Bush. Any of the three of the george Bushes which includes mcClone. I think they'd just find body parts around the arena and ice. "Render unto Cesar that which is Cesar's" beeyatch

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. Peter of Oregon

    They don't tolerate bigots in the city of brotherly love.

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. PJC27

    I was depending on our home, Philly, to give Palin the 'welcome' she deserves. Go Flyers!

    October 12, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Donnie

    This is gross recreation of what actually happened at this hockey game. I went to this game and I was shocked to hear how many people cheered for Gov Palin. As far as the boos. They were hardly heard and lasted for less than a few seconds. I would estimate maybe 40 people booed with nearly everyone else giving her a standing ovation. CNN should be ashame of themselves for allowing a reporter create and write such a blatant lie.

    October 12, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. lilacs

    Palin got what she sowed! Thank you Philadelphia for turning it back on palin. let her and Mccain see outside of there base people donot agree with the hate they sow. Go back to Alaska Igloo barbie.

    October 12, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Justin from CT

    No East Coast state would like Palin, except for the racist ones.

    October 12, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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