Detroit Red Wings Alumni Bobblehead Set Locked Out

Detroit Red Wings Alumni Bobblehead Set Locked Out

The 2012-13 NHL season didn’t quite go off as planned due to a labor dispute between the NHL and NHLPA. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued the cancellation of all NHL games up to January 14th, 2013 when neither sides could come up with a CBA, collective bargaining agreement, before the scheduled start of the season.

The Detroit Red Wings held an optimistic approach to the season before the cancellation of games became a reality and had planned to hand out 6 alumni bobbleheads over the course of the season. On September 9th, 2012 they put out a press release for the giveaways seen below:

DETROIT – The second edition of the Red Wings’ highly-popular Operation: Bobblehead campaign came to an end earlier this week, with ex-enforcer Darren McCarty having emerged victorious from the final round of balloting in the fan-based initiative charged with determining which Hockeytown legends will be immortalized in the form of a 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine during the 2012-13 NHL campaign. McCarty joins fellow ‘Grind Line’ members Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper as well as longtime captain Steve Yzerman, renowned goaltender Chris Osgood and enduring fan favorite Vladimir Konstantinov on the list of players set to be featured in the Red Wings’ season-long bobblehead giveaway promotion.

The six Red Wings home games at which alumni bobbleheads will be distributed to 7,500 lucky Joe Louis Arena patrons can be found below. Detroit’s full promotional schedule for the upcoming season can be viewed by clicking HERE.


Tuesday, November 27 vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Thursday, December 20 vs. New York Islanders

Tuesday, January 22 vs. Calgary Flames

Wednesday, March 6 vs. Edmonton Oilers

Monday, March 18 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Sunday, April 7 vs. St. Louis Blues

Note: Games/Dates Subject to Change

Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Steve Yzerman, Chris Osgood, and Vladimir Konstantinov were all promised bobbleheads but sadly due to a silly disagreement we never even got to see what they would have looked like.

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