Oskar Lindblom is cancer-free a little more than one year after the Philadelphia Flyers forward was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
“What a year! 369 days ago we found out that Oskar had cancer, and today we got to know that the scans are clear after his second checkup,” Lindblom’s girlfriend, Alma Lindqvist, wrote on Instragram on Tuesday. “popping champagne*!!!”
The 24-year-old scored 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 30 games last season before learning he had Ewing’s sarcoma Dec. 10, 2019.
Motivated by Lindblom’s presence and his fight, the Flyers finished with the fourth-best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference (.645), earning them a berth in the Eastern Conference First Round. They got another boost when it was announced that Lindblom was on their 31-player roster for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Toronto.
Philadelphia opened training camp July 13, 11 days after Lindblom completed his cancer treatment with a ceremonial bell ringing at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. Lindblom returned in Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders on Sept. 3, his first game since Dec. 7, 2019.
Lindblom credited the support of his teammates and the hockey community for helping him during his treatment.
“It’s been everything,” he said. “They talked to me like I’m still with the team even if I’m not there. Those tough weeks, when I felt so bad and trying to think about life and they’d call me, text me, help me get more energy. It helped me through the whole process.”
Lindblom signed a three-year, $9 million contract ($3 million average annual value) with the Flyers on July 22. He has scored 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists) in 134 NHL games, all with Philadelphia.
NHL.com deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this report