For the first time since his bone cancer diagnosis in December, Oskar Lindblom is stunningly back on the ice. In a video that made every hockey fan tear up, the 23-year-old Swede can be seen skating at the team’s practice facility and already somehow looks like he’s never even so much as missed a day, let alone battled something so life-changing.
The team have reportedly stated that Lindblom won’t play in any live-games when the playoffs arrive, but that’s not exactly anything out of the ordinary. Frankly, just seeing Lindblom smiling down at Vorhees and skating with his teammates is such a touching moment and one many didn’t think we’d see for a while, that the thought of a return to live-game action is truly an afterthought.
Towards the end of April 2020, the Philadelphia Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr stated Oskar Lindblom was about to begin his last round of Ewing’s sarcoma treatments.
He was also named as a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – an annual award given by Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to ” the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
“I don’t know how I would handle what he’s going through, and he’s handled it with professionalism,” teammate Kevin Hayes said in March. “He brings everyone into a happier place. If you’re having a bad day, you don’t have a bad day anymore when you see Oskar.”
It’s so warming seeing Lindblom back on the ice, His inspirational journey continues to light up our lives in a time where there’s so little positive energy flowing.
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