Less than a year after having to put his hockey career on hold due to a cancer diagnosis, Oskar Lindblom made his return to the ice on Thursday.
The Philadelphia Flyers wing played in his first game since learning he has Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference second round. Both the Flyers and New York Islanders made sure to identify the moment as he entered the game.
Oskar Lindblom takes the ice for the first time since December 7th. Cool moment. pic.twitter.com/PQISXMOgHM— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) September 3, 2020
Lindblom learned of the cancer in Dec. 2019, with the Flyers publicly pledging their full support.
In the time since his diagnosis, the Flyers have rallied around Lindblom as he underwent chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. #OskarStrong became a frequent mantra around the team, which gave Lindblom a three-year contract extension in the summer.
Lindblom finished his chemotherapy in July, but was already back on the ice.
Prior to his diagnosis, the 24-year-old Lindblom had posted 30 goals and 27 assists across three seasons and 134 games.
In a normal season, Lindblom would never have had a chance to return for the playoffs, but this is obviously not a normal season. The delay of the NHL playoffs gave Lindblom extra months to recover, and that eventually paid off with a powerful moment for the team and the rest of hockey.
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