Hockey

Palin to drop puck at Flyers opener

U.S. vice-presidential nominee and self-proclaimed hockey mom Sarah Palin will take centre stage at centre ice on Saturday night.

U.S. vice-presidential nominee and self-proclaimed hockey mom Sarah Palin will take centre stage at centre ice on Saturday night.

Palin, the governor of Alaska and John McCain's Republican running mate, agreed Wednesday to drop the ceremonial first puck at the Wachovia Center, where the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers in Saturday's season opener (7 p.m. ET).

"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," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said in a statement.

"We're very excited she has accepted our offer, and we're very proud of the publicity she is generating for hockey moms and the sport of hockey."

Palin will be joined at centre ice by the winner of the team's "Ultimate Hockey Mom" promotion.

Every hockey mom entering the contest received a free Puck-er Peach lipstick and four tickets for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Flyers.

Snider, who is the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor and founded the Flyers in 1967, reportedly donated to McCain's presidential campaign.

With files from the Associated Press