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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.hockey1011.ap.jpg caption="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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  1. ounor

    I hope american people will realized that America was built with morals and love of God. Whether, you like the candidate or not , let us show support . It is easy for us ordinary people to judge. Come on , hockey is just a game . Let us show respect to others, when we do this we " RESPECT OUR SELVES". We have to remember, after election do we think , all the candidates will know us ? Perhaps not. Politics is politics. More power to the greatest nation on earth, Welcome John MC Cain/ Palin team or Obama/ Biden team . Whoever wins, People will work hard to earn a living . Why be mean to Sarah Palin?

    October 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. White man for Obama

    One person posts a blog titled "Palin booed at NHL game in Philadelphia" and now this one without all the partisan. CNN needs to think about restaffing.

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Evelyn

    How can she call herself a "hockey mom" when her son that once played hockey is now grown and in Iraq? She hasn't been a hockey mom for some time. Now all she is is a mom that drags her children all over the place for photo ops.

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. TheNoBullExpress

    Great example of a mother. Incite anger. She's easily as NUTS as McCain. Both have signs of mental illness and are certain sociopaths

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. annoyed

    the philly fans booed the heck out or her!

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Patrick

    SHE WAS BOOED! Nice try guys.

    Shame on CNN for leaving out that "detail".

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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