October 12th, 2008
01:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Hockey mom experience on 'executive side' of the sport

Self-described 'hockey mom' Sarah Palin dropped the puck and Saturday night’s Rangers-Flyers game.

Self-described 'hockey mom' Sarah Palin dropped the puck and Saturday night’s Rangers-Flyers game.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Sarah Palin seems to have slipped effortlessly into the role of John McCain’s attack dog - but those aggressive tendencies may have been cultivated many years ago as an “exuberant” hockey mom in Wasilla, where she used to bang her fists on the penalty box glass and demand that her son get tougher with his opponents on the ice.

At least that’s how she described her time as a hockey mom to Comcast SportsNet’s Steve Coates, who interviewed Palin after she dropped the puck at the Philadelphia Flyers’ season opener on Saturday night. The governor recounted how she used to embarrass her son Track by yelling at him from the side of the rink, telling him to play nice. But if he was going to play rough, Palin said, she gave him license to go all out.

“I was telling him be nice, and if you’re going to get a penalty, man, make it worth it!,” she told Coates. “Don’t just be picking on somebody. Grind ‘em into the boards! Do something that’s going to be effective. Don’t just be picking on someone.”

Palin said she soon put her energies into the “executive side” of the youth hockey team instead of shouting at her embarrassed son from behind the glass.

“I put my passion towards hockey to better use by becoming the hockey manager,” she said. “The team mom. You know, working on the stats, working on the management, the executive side of the sport, and hopefully that was put to better use. I was pretty exuberant.”

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Len in Washington

    And why is it that I'm not surprised by this attitude?

    She makes a good "Attack Dog" because it's in her nature. Explains why she shoots wolves from planes.....gets rid of the competition.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Love Palin in Ohio

    can't wait for Sarah to get to Ohio, She represents our true values

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. james

    Something tells me the best of Sarah Palin is yet to come.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. phil .c

    ladies and gentlemen have any one noticed that palins has suddenly turned old. i mean her face looks old now . she wanna be vice president and possibly president . hahahahahaha. in 6-7weeks she has become old what will happen if she becomes the president, she will look older than hillary in one year but she will not be president bcecomes life is ruled by destiny and we cannot change the hands of destiny. obama has been destined to become the next presido.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Vince -- California

    I'm a hockey fan, and the Flyers lost - hahahaha!!

    Go Sharks and GO OBAMA/BIDEN '08 !!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. David

    This woman is dangerous.

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA


    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Diana

    Palin should have known better than to show up at a Philly sporting event. The unpopular is always sure to get boooooed. Philly fans are tough and we will quickly let you know when you are not wanted. I've come to the conclusion that the only people voting for McCain and Palin are the rich, the racist, the stupid and the naive. They are the only people with something to gain from McCain or who have no idea what they are voting for.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    Thumbs Down! Does not deserve my respect the so called Hockey Mom.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Canadian POV

    There is Sarah Palin dragging her kids around for another photo-op and request to go easy on her for the sake of her children. Instead of dropping pucks at hockey games and auditioning for SNL, why is she still getting away with not answering to the press? She should be grilled on the report that she abused her power especially in light of what she said in the debate about wanting more power for the VP.

    Its true, most hockey parents are quite vile, disrespectful to the opposition and incite violence. The sad part is that they are injecting this into the games played by children where they are supposed to learn about sportsmanlike conduct. Her conduct of late is most unbecoming of the office she is running for.

    Should McCain win, remember, it is conceivable this nut job could become the president and the whole world will suffer.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Dennis

    It is finally good to see that American voters are starting to have their fill of Ms. Palin. It seems her voice gets higher and whinier as the campaign goes on. I can't vote for this person.

    October 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. go palin

    we love Palin in PA, Palin power

    October 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Brain in DC

    Better use of Palin's time... take care of the hockey team.

    October 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Obama for president

    She was booed for 90 seconds straight. Stop being nice to these losers America has woke up.

    October 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. mia

    This "hockeymom" is nothing but a racist who with her words of pure hatred will incite race violence. I cannot understand why Republicans still allow this woman to continnue and actually support her. She would have been great about 60 years ago during the time of segregation. Now, she is nothing but a hatred-spreading, violence-inciting embaressment.

    October 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    My hope is that Obama wins big. Sarah loses in Alaska! Sarah goes back to Alaska and loses the governorship. She has made a laughing
    stock of Alaska. I vote for saving the Polar Bears and getting rid of Palin!. Sarah is not good for America.

    Just think, maybe we will never have to hear the voices, or see the faces of Rove, Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh,
    AGAIN!!!!. Who made them RICH! American let's not continue on this
    destructive path of horror!

    October 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Kris, Atlanta

    Is this Governor Palin's attempt to become likeable again after the Troopergate findings?

    I suppose she is trying to emphasize her executive experience with her administrative experience on a little league hockey team. That's a laugh!

    Her armchair coaching of her son indicates what a control freak she is. Children's sports are supposed to be fun – I'll bet her son and the other parents would have rather she stayed at home on game day.

    October 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Hellavajewel

    Why didn't you report that she was Booed.

    October 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Matt in missouri

    A hockey mom? Please. She had to stand on carpet, and be shown where to drop the puck?

    This woman is a joke.

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Juan Grain


    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. patriot4usa

    that trooper needed to be fired. even though he is still a trooper. he tasered his 10 yr. old step son, he said so himself , right here on CNN

    October 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Keith

    This was the dopeyest thing I've ever heard of. A hockey team publicly throws their support to a divisive political candidate on a losing ticket. Now we begin to see why the Flyers last won the cup in 1975: they're backwards thinking.

    October 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Danielle

    Palin got seriously booed at the hockey game. Too funny!!

    October 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. O-Democrat

    Why are we not surprise? We seen this coming since the week following the convention...

    October 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Sarah

    What a joke for Palin to use stat keeping and management as Executive experience.As usuual she grossly overstates her experience even in her personal life.I have been involved in hockey all my life and a twelve year old can manage stats.What a political ploy to use a volunteer hockey club statastition as Executive experience.It is obvious she lacks experience in anything if she uses that for her resume for VP of the free world.

    October 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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