While many of the battleground states in the U.S. presidential election were still too close to call, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer announced Braden Holtby as the winner of the Capitals’ bobblehead vote halfway through the third period of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss the Sharks.
“And it’s over,” Blitzer said in a video that was displayed on the Verizon Center scoreboard. “Capitals Game Entertainment is now declaring that Vezina winner Braden Holtby has won the 2016 bobblehead election.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 9, 2016
Holtby, who stopped 20 of 22 shots against San Jose, captured 47 percent of the bobblehead vote to beat out Tom Wilson (29 percent) and Justin Williams (24 percent). The winning bobblehead, which depicts Holtby squirting water out of his Gatorade bottle, will be given to all fans at the Capitals’ game against Calgary on March 21.
More than 10,000 bobblehead votes were cast on social media from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Holtby dominated the Facebook vote, with 59 percent of the votes cast on the platform. Wilson, whose bobblehead featured him in his Halloween costume from last year, performed well on Snapchat, whose users skew young.
“I will not demand a recount,” Justin Williams, whose bobblehead depicts his bed head from the team’s photo day, said upon hearing the results after the game. “Congratulations.”