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Vladdi stages bobblehead victory

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Upset by a late surge late from Kris Draper in Round 1 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition, former Red Wings’ defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov stormed back to runaway with the Round 2 vote, thus becoming the second bobblehead chosen by fans.

The Wings will distribute 7,500 collectible figurines characterizing Konstantinov to their fans at a select home game during the upcoming 2012-13 season. Konstantinov destroyed his competition, earning 36.5 percent of the vote conducted last week on

Rounding out the top five bobblehead choices were Darren McCarty (10.8%), Sergei Fedorov (9.7%), Chris Osgood (7.1%), and Mickey Redmond (5.5%). Konstantinov’s name will be removed from the ballot and voting for Round 3 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition will resume on Tuesday, August 14 at 12:01 p.m. EDT.

Former Wings appearing on the ballot include, Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuck, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Kirk Maltby, John Ogrodnick, Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov and many more. Write-in candidates are also encouraged and there is no limit to the number of times fans can vote for their favorite former Wings’ player. None of the ballots casted during previous rounds of the campaign will count towards the next round of voting.

Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition is a multi-week online voting campaign to determine which bobbleheads will be distributed at select home games during the 2012-13 season.

Besides Draper and Konstantinov, three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Yzerman will be the first bobblehead appearing in the hands of 7,500 lucky fans at Joe Louis Arena. The remaining three bobbleheads will be chosen through a week-by-week voting campaign on Voting begins every Tuesday at 12:01 p.m. EDT and closes the following Sunday at noon EDT.

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