Flyers, fans show support for Oskar Lindblom
The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday that forward Oskar Lindblom has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season as he begins treatment.
On Tuesday, the Flyers played their first home game since the announcement and along with their fans offered support for their teammate.
All 20,000 seats in the arena had “I fight for Oskar” signs placed on them for fans when they entered the building, while the Flyers wore purple “Hockey fights cancer” shirts during warmups. The jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Ewing’s sarcoma research.
The team is also selling #OskarStrong shirts.
Lindblom also visited the team earlier on Tuesday before their game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Lindblom was even tempted to try and skate.
The 23-year-old Lindblom was a 2014 fifth-round draft pick by the team and has spent parts of the past three seasons playing for the team.