DETROIT - The ballots have been tallied and Hockeytown fan favorite Kris Draper has emerged victorious from the opening round of voting in Operation: Bobblehead – Alumni Edition, an ongoing campaign charged with determining which former Red Wings greats will be immortalized in the form of a collectible 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine during the upcoming NHL season. Draper's bobblehead will be distributed to 7,500 lucky Joe Louis Arena patrons at a select 2012-13 Red Wings home game.
Round 2 of Operation: Bobblehead – Alumni Edition will begin on Tuesday, August 7, at 12:01 p.m. Fans are able to vote by visiting DetroitRedWings.com and casting their ballots via a special form accessible through the site's Fan Zone. Red Wings alumni in contention to have their likeness adorn a bobblehead in 2012-13 include Kirk Maltby, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sid Abel, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay, Darren McCarty, Joe Kocur, John Ogrodnick, Luc Robitaille, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe, Igor Larionov, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Chris Osgood, Scotty Bowman and more. Write-in candidates are also encouraged.
None of the ballots cast during last week's voting session will count towards players' second round totals. There is no limit on how many votes fans are able to cast each week. Twitter users, meanwhile, are invited to champion their favorite player's bobblehead candidacy by using the hashtag #OperationBobblehead throughout the duration of this campaign.