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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin makes her NHL debut

Posted by on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Elsewhere in the NHL tonight, Sarah Palin dropped the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' home opener against the New York Rangers. One wonders who thought the notorious Flyers crowd would cotton to the world's most famous hockey mom, even with Piper and Willow in tow. (Note the Obama signs in the background, by the way.)

According to New York Times' Lynn Zinser on her Slapshot blog, the booing was much louder than is apparent in this video. She wrote:

[W]hen Palin came out onto the Wachovia Center ice Saturday night - greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos from the Flyers crowd - the two hockey players who had no choice but to appear with her in that photo op were turned into props in a political campaign. If Rangers center Scott Gomez or Flyers center Mike Richards wanted to make some sort of political statement, that would be fine, but in this case, they were thrust into a situation not of their choosing.

The Rangers happen to have two native Alaskans: Gomez, seen in the video, and Brandon Dubinsky. Neither has shown any inclination to comment publicly on the Alaska governor.

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