Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers has rightfully won the Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The 24-year-old Swedish winger was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer celled Ewing’s sarcoma back in December of 2019. Lindy underwent treatment and completed his radiation on July 2nd, 2020. He went to the Playoff Bubble with his Flyers team and even played in 2 games in September of 2020. After scans in March, Lindblom announced that he has remained cancer-free. He finished his first season back with 14 points (8G 6A) in 50 games played.
Lindblom deserves the hell out of this one. Not to diminish the work of Patrick Marleau and Matt Dumba but this kid has been through so much shit this past year and he just kept going. Lindblom is just a few years older than me so I can’t imagine having to deal with half the things he did. On top of all that, he still worked his tail off to make it back into NHL level game play. Remarkable guy.
Bobby Ryan, the winner of last year’s Masterton, was the one to present the award to Oskar. He gave a little acceptance speech which is a tear-jerker, listen here:
It’s insane that the kid is just 24 and he’s been through so much. I am happy it was him to win this, like I said he really deserves it. I’m sure he’ll come back better than ever next season. Congrats Oskar Lindblom!
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