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. Greg Turner

    I love my City..Don't feel bad Sarah, we booed Beyonce, the Cowboys, and even Santa..Come correct or don't come at all..Sen Obama got a warm welcome here today though, lol

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Nervous in Texas

    Way to go Flyer fans. Thanks for speaking for us. It was probably the first time that she's been in front of a group that were not there for a Klan rally. Truely, thank you for showing her how the rest of the country feels. I honestly don't think she knows since the only place she has been is at all her rallies and she probably does not read any of the papers.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Craig in Kansas

    That is a huge message. People are tired of the negative attacks and the lies that she has been spreading.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. jay in CA

    What do you expect...its philadelphia. the fans have always been like that

    whoever planned this "photo-op" should be fired. even santa claus cant get a cheer.

    i was at a phillies game on spongebob appreciation day and they booed the costumed character nd laughed as the truck carrying the person in the suit hit a bump in the tunnel and fell flat on their face.

    I got to admit...i laughed at that too

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Mark Las Vegas

    It's too bad that the NHL wouldn't lend the whole booing incident tape to the Obama campaign for a little negative ad campaign of their own!

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Carramea

    Sarah Palin please drop out of this race. Your hate monging has to stop before someone gets hurt. Go take care of your baby boy who needs you . Maybe Mccain can salvage his campaign and bring Mike Huckabee on , a good man who knows what being a Christian means

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. John, Florida

    Good, she got her just deserved...

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. Wake-up America

    Welcome Palin to the real world where people can think for themselves. I know Philadelphians know the truth.

    Bigotry, false accusations and out right lies aren’t going to get you anywhere!!

    GO PHILY!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. SoCal

    Are her girls exempted from school?
    What an "hockey mom" she is!

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Ha, ha what did she expect? When she speaks at rallies and someone yells, "kill him!" and she doesn't stop her speech and say something, anything, tells all hockey fans shes doesn't deserve the title "hockey Mom" let alone vice president.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. V JOHNSON

    People are starting to see what the Hockey mom is really like.
    How can you be guilty of abuse of power and not break the ethics laws?????

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. M. Bellew-Smith

    Clearly Philadelphia Flyers fans have really good common sense, good judgment, and excellent taste in booing the likes of Palin. Apparently, they know she has baby wolves and Polar bears slaughtered with tax payer money.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. Francheska Georgia

    I take it the City of Brotherly Love was not feeling the love for Palin. ;-)

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. Binky

    I hope Obama wins.

    McCain supporters are so stupid to believe all that rubbish and the supporter that asked if Barack was an Arab is a perfect example of believe anything republican party loyalists.

    They say how Obama might get shot if he's elected, i know i will try to kill McCain if he is elected.

    How can anybody hope to be the president when all they can do is tell LIES and provoke VIOLANCE.

    McCain/Palin ticket are all extremists themselves.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. cordell

    I love it!!!! She is getting what she deserves. Too bad she had to bring the kids into it though or it would have been a lot worse.

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. bill

    The honeymoon is over.

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Hillary Supporter

    Palin IS AN ABUSER OF POWER AND HAS LOUSY JUDGEMENT. She is IGNITING HATE AND VIOLENCE in her rallies. SHAME,SHAME,SHAME on Palin. She is the female REINCARNATION OF HITLER.

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Jan in the 'live free or die' state

    No No No... Sarah must Go... home...
    Unethical idiot... Who is the REAL SARAH PALIN??

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. lady

    ms winky got booed . how about that she need to back to alaska and puck on the icy place she call home. she is not welcome in philly, my what a fake woman she is

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Obama/Biden 08/12

    Some hockey mom! LOL

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. chuckt1169469

    wow.....not the response she was expecting

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. denni

    If thats the case and there were far more boos than cheers – then I can rest a little easier knowing that there are more Americans in Philidelphia who oppose McCain/Palin than support them. Thank God.

    October 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. TF

    Lets Go Flyers!!!!!!!!

    I love Philly. People there know BS when they see it, and Palin is full of it.

    October 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Christine

    Too bad the puck didn't fly..........

    October 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Franky

    Ohhh great now!! Now she's cursed the Flyers!! LOL!! Well...she is a GOP...

    Don't worry Flyers!! I'll hook you guys up!! LOL!!

    October 11, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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