Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin Drops the "First Puck" in Philly

Sarah Palin and 'Hockey Mom' winner Cathy O'Connell drop the first puck in Philly. (Tom Mihalek / Associated Press)
Palin drops puck in Philly

Updated: October 11, 2008, 7:53 PM EST add this RSS blog Print

In a city that is known for booing Santa Claus, things didn't go so bad for Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.

In fact, the City of Brotherly Love gave her a mixed welcome at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia before the Flyers started their season against the New York Rangers. Some oddmakers were putting even money on the crowd decidedly booing her.

Palin was invited by Flyers owner Ed Snider to drop the ceremonial first puck of the season, and was joined at center ice by two of her daughters and the winner of a team promotion for the "Ultimate Hockey Mom." She even got a polite peck on the cheek from Rangers' captain Scott Gomez, who is a native of Alaska.

Last month, Palin visited a Philadelphia bar with Flyers Snider, who has donated money to Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign.
"Because of the tremendous amount of publicity she has brought to our sport, we invited the most popular hockey mom in North America to our home opener to help us get our season started," Snider said in a team statement announcing Palin's visit. "We are very excited she has accepted our offer and we are very proud of the publicity she is generating for hockey moms and the sport of hockey."

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