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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soundoff (998 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Perhaps she should try Edmonton or Calgary next time. Or maybe Phoenix.

    October 12, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  2. Ray Fisher

    I hope someone sticks a puck in her mouth to keep her from saying something stupid. Next time, let Tina Fey do the honors!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. James

    There is no surprises here. This lady incites and divides people like no other politician in recent history. I have been out registering voters , and in has been amazing how many very angry Republicans are changing there party affiliation. Many of these folks have some very choice words for Palin.

    October 12, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. Paul

    Way to go Philadelphia......Thats what I call a well deserved warm reception for "The Hockey Mom"..... Ya Know Joe, I can still see Russia from my front yard........ OBAMA 08......

    October 12, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  5. Mia and Mike

    Gotta love Philly! But I don't know why she would want to subject herself and her daughters to this. Philly is heavily democratic, and although this was a national hockey game with devoted fans, including hockey moms, this was just not her type of crowd. These are extremely hardworking folks who can see through bs as clear as day.

    October 12, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  6. Susan, California

    Philadelphia has spoken.

    October 12, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  7. TJ

    I wish I could see a video and hear and see the booing, for a change.

    October 12, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    Taste of her own medicine, are these the Americans who see America the way Obama sees it, a country where you are judged by character and not by the color of your skin. You reap what you sawed.

    October 12, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. Atheist from California

    Good bye, Sarah! We just had for eight years (!!!) one ignorant extremist as a president , we will not survive another one.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  10. Change

    GO SARAH!!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  11. sue

    No surprise, we all knew this was going to happen. She's lucky they didn't throw things at her...So could someone tell me why she would bring her young daughters with her?
    Why would she knowingly want to expose them to this?
    She has decided to play the game & have a major roll in it. Her under age daughters should not be part of it.

    October 12, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  12. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    Ignorant, stupid and self righteous people have no respect for humanity. but then again the people who booed Palin aren't human at all.

    But that's OK because the more she's attacked, the more popular she becomes and she is getting more popular.

    So keep up the good work, Ignorant, stupid and self righteous "HUMANOIDS".

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 12, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  13. NC

    so i guess the people in Phillie saw the witch come out,I thought the Kenyan preacher prayed it out of her at her church,the film was shone on national TV ,she need to go back to him with all the nastiness shes been saying about Obama,dont she know as ahe call herself a christian that god dont like ugly his power wins everytime

    October 12, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  14. What next?

    Obama is a uniter? Indeed.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. J.R.

    So hockey fans have more intelligence than they are sometimes given credit for.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  16. babs

    Palin please do not be part of this circus anymore and just go out with dignity – for your children's sake. Remember, everyone will ALWAYS have access to the internet and instant video from now on.


    October 12, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  17. Kate




    October 12, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. Richard Besel

    Although I do not agree with a number of Gov. Palin's policy positions (see richardbesel.blogspot.com), I thought this story was a sad one. I can't imagine how I would feel if I were running for office and so many people decided to boo me. But then again, maybe if she had different policy beliefs she wouldn't get as much negative attention.

    October 12, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  19. BadPolitics

    No video? Although i don't like her a single bit, I wish people were more respectful. No point in being cromagnons.

    October 12, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. You Reap What You Sow

    this getting painful out here for Palin/McCain.........Her actions this past week is coming to the forefront. Voters are looking for positive message not negativity and her speech on the stump has been very hateful. McCain should do something about Palin before he self-destruct because it's obvious to me Palin is looking to help herself for 2012. This is no longer John McCain's campaign........that is another obvious point.

    October 12, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  21. Amy, NY

    Makes no difference. 100,000 people are turning out to see her Monday in Virginia at NASCAR. Sarah is the future and she'll be running for president in 2012 and again in 2016.

    Once she gets that loser and wimp McCain off her back, we ll have her in the White House.

    Meanwhile it's unlike;y that the wimp appeaser Barack Hussein Osama will last 4 years. He'll probably be impeached as unemployment reaches 20% and people are selling apples in the street.. Oh what a sweet day that will be as Osama and his angry racist wife packup to leave the White House.

    October 12, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    She should never have been invited to drop the puck in the first place. I feel little sympathy for Sarah Palin given the way she has handled herself of late, but quite a bit for Willow and Piper. They should never have been put in that position. Another great parenting decision to go along with 'not blinking' when you were asked to join the ticket knowing your daughter was pregnant and would soon become the focus of national media attention.

    October 12, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  23. Timmy

    For once I must say, good job Phili!

    October 12, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  24. tex

    truth be known she she probaly can't play hockey ,we know she is clueless about politics. go home ,raise your children SARA.

    October 12, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  25. voter

    What a joke. Palin should go back to Alaska

    October 12, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
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