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. Not a fan of the 'Cuda

    For once, I'm proud of the boorishness of Philly fans. They have a finely attuned sense of BS in the land of cheesesteaks, and they know a fresh moose patty when they see it.

    October 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I just saw this clip on YouTube and it is hillarious! The only reason why Palin has been getting warm receptions at events is because she is only going to ultra-Republican areas. She does not have the courage to step into an area with a real diverse population. I applaud all of the booers at this NHL event. Palin is a joke and it is not even a funny joke.

    October 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Joe in MN

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    October 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. RapidRay

    WOW. I just saw this magic moment on You Tube.

    Last time I heard booing that nasty was at Fenway Park for Bucky Dent, but it wasn't as loud as what Palin got.

    BTW: When did they have an election to nominate America's #1 Hockey Mom? Was Wayne Gretzky's mom even on the ballot?

    October 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. ben

    Absolutely priceless!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Elle

    I'll bet that's the last surprise appearance she'll make to a hockey game.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. robby10001

    Palin and McCain bring out the worst in everyone. Barack Obama offers a positive message of hope and bringing Americans together to solve our problems.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. One Nation

    Play with fire and you will get burned everytime. Palin please take your negativity back to Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Todd, Lancaster PA

    That's MY Flyers fans LOL AWESOME Job!! was there going to be any doubt..

    Go Flyers, Go Obama!

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. POW=PTS

    Go Philly, these people threw Santa out of the stands, she's luck sustained booing is all she got. Lord knows it could have been much more interesting. I'm finally proud of this area. Yahoo. Give the hag hell.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. rachel

    ironic!

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Gordo

    She got what she deserved

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Carramea

    I dont condone them Calling Sarah Palin names. Why play the same nasty game she does. I dont blame them for booing though I would boo her too. She abused her power in Alaska as governor and for a Christian all I have seen her do is bring hatred to this political race. She deserves boos. And her pregnant daughter she be at home getting ready for the most important job of her young life. being a mother .

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Dan, Idaho Falls

    Puck Palin.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. ThePuck

    It is not smart of a Republican to attend a sports event in a Democratic city. But then she is dumb as a rock.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Robert

    So, the hockey mom vote wasn't exactly locked in by picking Palin, was it?

    Who thinks this could be because she has been the chief attack dog in the xenophobic whipping up of hate that the McCain campaign has turned to of late?

    **************************
    McCain/Palin 2008
    "Join our wave of hate"
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    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Georgia Gal

    Haha! I had a feeling this was going to happen.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Lori

    I would have to agree with the crowd.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Evette

    HAHAHA this made me proud....for the day

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Karen

    This behavior towards Sarah Palin and her family is just as wrong as the remarks toward Obama. All of this is just so wrong. America needs to wake up and stop this maddness before something tragic happens.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Lola

    Haha, oh those hockey fans, Goooooooooooooooood love 'em! lol

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Andrea

    Whoa!!! I wonder how many of those are really Republicans!! Wow!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Lisa

    I am NO fan of Palin, but Booing is mean especially when her girls were with her. Silence would have been just as powerful.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Obama 08

    I hope this woman understands that she's not wanted and no one likes her. Shame on her for trying to use her kids as a shield at this event.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Independent

    You can't boo her, she is a hockey mom and a proud pitbull w/ lipstick!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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