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Hockey arena waits for hockey mom

ESTERO -- The local newspaper reports that the Florida Everblades -- that's a minor league hockey team, not a misspelled national park -- got booted from their main practice area at the Germain Arena today to make way for the crowds coming to see Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The arena holds about 8,000 and is expected to be packed. Among the early arrivals: Ray Corcoran of the West Charlotte Republican Club, pictured below wearing a T-shirt made special for the nation's most famous hockey mom. Img00061The back of the shirt warns: "Obama and Biden, your game is over. Get off of the ice!''

Also here are two independent voters from Port Charlotte, Jane and Richard Sprunk, pictured below, whose son is a lieutenant in the Marines and will be deployed in May.

"I wanted to see history,'' she said, referring to Palin's status as the first woman on the Republican ticket.

Img00060_2 The crowd is chanting "Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!''