October 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
10 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. sam Sackllah

    Sarah Palin might be a nice person on the surface but I believe that she is a very sneaky person, she lied about her daughter, her going out with her husbands business partner, the bridge, the idea that she saved money as a mayor, the firing of the alaska police commissioner. and if this is what McCain believes is the most qualified person to be vice president out of all the people in this country, McCain should be the one people are scared of not Obama.
    McCain left his wife for a rich woman after she stood by him when he was a prisoner. He also has lied about being for the veterans check with the veteran organizations, of all people he should be with the veterans. He was a prisoner but he never saw war.

    USMC Vietnam Vet
    Marble Mountain, Vietnam

    October 12, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Happy in Arizona


    October 12, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Over taxed, over worked

    Somebody should of body checked her.

    October 12, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. Barbara Zimmerman

    And who's fault is all this terrible racism remarks now? The McCain/Palin duo started this who terrible mess. So sad I want to cry listening to all the nasty things being sent across the airwaves. The twisted,sneering out of context messages they are so frivolously spewing. By the time they finish their desperate, feeble try at winning the election I will need a shrink. I can't believe how they keep repeating such dribble. "But what goes around comes around"
    We should send Palin back to Alaska where they need her with a gift basket of lipstick, hockey pucks,and a subscription to the NewYork Times .

    October 12, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. David

    If it makes Palin feel better, Philadelphia sports fans boo almost everyone, including Santa Claus.

    October 12, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Rob

    betcha she just deserves that boo ..

    October 12, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Anonymous


    October 12, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. Scare of Palin's so called Christian behavior

    I was never fooled, and it appears that most of America is on to Sarah Palin. She grins while saying negative things about her apponents, and trying to rile up hate at their ralleys, and claims she's a Christian. Some example. But I'll pray for her, McCain and the goodness of the Amerian people.

    October 12, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. David

    Smart people in Philly !!!

    October 12, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Ndidi, ogus.

    This woman apparently have no shame. Abuse of power is no joke.

    October 12, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. John S

    Philadelphia, I take back every single negative thing I have ever said about you. I am a diehard hockey fan and your team has given me nothing but grief over the years. But I will say one thing about Philadelphia, they always tell it like it is. They don't BS around and are straight and upfront. Good job on showing Sarah Palin shes isn't wanted in the Oval Office. Loved it. I am so proud of you people it makes me almost want to be a Flyers fan. Almost. LOL

    October 12, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Stan

    According to FOX (of all people), Palin intentionally dressed her 7 year old daughter in a Flyers jersey and brought the girl out onto the ice in order to dampen the crowd's boos. Palin apparently bragged about this at an event earlier that day.

    Using your children as human shields against criticism – what's wrong with this woman?!

    October 12, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. Tom D

    She should be boo'd. Look at the hate and division she and McCain have spread these past few weeks.

    October 12, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. bob in LA

    When you put Sarah in front of the real Joe Six Packs- sports fans, you will hear how she is recieved. By keeping her in these isolated events where the chorus is there to hear you, all you will get is the cool-aid.
    Welcome to the REAL America Sarah!

    October 12, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. brenda from charleston sc

    philly, ah the city of brotherly love...and high crime rate, high unemployment rate, 90% black, poor and socialist democrats democratdefinately disrespectful of women and children regardless of their political affiliation.

    October 12, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  16. bibek

    Cant say i am happy to hear that but i am glad people finally recognize the real Palin.

    October 12, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. ChristiansForObama

    Well, Gov. Mrs. Todd Palin, what goes around comes around. You started unchristianlike rumors, non truths and abusive language, expect to receive what you dish out back to return.

    October 12, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. cecil

    Did She Bring Her "AIP" Pals With Her!

    She's An Unfit Mother!

    October 12, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  19. Kim Denver

    She should know better than to put her kids through this. Just because she is a hockey mom - doesn't mean that she can talk trash all day and show up on the ice and expect a warm reception!

    October 12, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. Chief

    God bless my home town Philadelphia: it has a blue-collar core that sniffed out Palin's hypocritical BS and careerist fakery and gave her the rasberries. Mooselini needs to go back to Alaska and her $552,000 home built by her contractor friends of that famed Wasilla sports complex . You Betcha Caribou Barbie.

    October 12, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. patricia Modica

    Palin when is it going to sink into your head.......your popularity has sunk.
    Take your lies and smears and GO HOME!

    October 12, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  22. Arkansas Undertaker

    I know the Alaskan Hockey Mom wanst treated like this!

    Well now she knows how her messages of HATE and being recieved!

    October 12, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  23. alisha

    I don't like Palin, but I feel sorry for her, mostly because her children were there and no one wants to have that done in front of their kids. She did not look like it bothered her, but the kids had to see their mother get booed. She should just stay away from sporting events, all politicians should.

    October 12, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Bryan Kirchoff

    Why do we expect our candidates to be more civil and refined than we, as a society, are?

    Bryan Kirchoff
    St. Louis

    October 12, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. chris

    I'm sure McCain will want Obama to "repudiate" the fans that booed Palin... or will call them "unpatriotic" since they weren't wearing lapel pins or something... or claim they're all "extreme/divisive/angry" and nothing like GOPsupporters.

    October 12, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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