In some of the best sports news you’ll find during the entirety of this COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Oskar Lindblom has officially been declared cancer free.
The Flyers shared the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon with video of Lindblom “ringing the bell” to celebrate the end of his chemotherapy treatments and indicating he is officially cancer free.
Fight. Inspire. Overcome. Celebrate.
Ring that bell, @oskarlindblom!@PennMedicine #OskarStrong pic.twitter.com/RM1PCxHnfY
— x-Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 2, 2020
“I can’t even explain how I feel,” Lindblom told Adam Kimelman of NHL.com. “Feels like having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time. Feels awesome to be done. Can’t wait to get back to normal life again and feel like I’m living.”
Lindblom had his 2019-20 season cut short when it was announced back in December that the 23-year-old had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, Lindblom was tied with Travis Konecny for the team goal-scoring lead with 11 tallies through 30 games.
Lindblom kept a positive attitude through his treatment process, often joining the team for special events and providing a morale boost for players and fans by taking in games at the Wells Fargo Center. He even made it onto the ice for the Flyers’ official 2019-20 team picture.
Oskar Lindblom gets a standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center pic.twitter.com/oAqThEVvs2
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 12, 2020
Lindblom returned to the ice to skate with his teammates in June, but he still had to undergo his final treatments. It’s awesome to see that he pulled through.
The best tweet you’ll see today. 🧡🖤 #OskarStrong pic.twitter.com/bf3rpKqa5e
— x-Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 23, 2020
Lindblom’s Flyers’ teammates Claude Giroux and Robert Hagg, also hopped on Twitter to acknowledge the incredible news.
— Robert Hägg (@Robbanhagg) July 2, 2020
That’s amazing ❤️ https://t.co/oHQ6wE4Gza
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 2, 2020
The Flyers arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, replied to the Flyers’ tweet with the hashtag “#OskarStrong” and attached a photo of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang all wearing shirts in support of Lindblom.
#OskarStrong 💜 pic.twitter.com/IBgHnp8B3e
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 2, 2020
It’s unclear when we will see Lindblom back in game action for the Flyers, but seeing him back to full health and officially cancer free is nothing short of incredible.