Oskar Lindblom has been named the Philadelphia Flyers’ nominee for the 2020-21 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 10, 2021
The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association after each team nominates one player.
Oskar Lindblom is the Flyers’ nominee for the second straight season after his courageous battle against Ewing’s sarcoma. Lindblom was diagnosed in December of 2019, rang the bell after his last treatment on July 2nd, 2020, and played an NHL playoff game just over two months later on September 3rd.
Lindblom revealed in late March that his most recent scans came back clean and that he is still cancer-free.
“It’s a great feeling to know that and hopefully keep it the same and be cancer-free for the rest of my life,” Lindblom said.
The Flyers hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on April 19th this season and it was a special night for Lindblom. All of the Flyers wore No. 23 Lindblom jerseys in warmups and Lindblom received a huge ovation during the game.
“A lot of emotions,” Lindblom said of the special night. “To be able to play this game again, play in the NHL, it’s the best league in the world, and still manage to be out there and compete, so it’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to be able to play here and play again.”
This season, Oskar Lindblom has played in 49 of the Flyers’ 55 games thus far –– and should make it 50 of 56 games in the season finale on Monday night.
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