Sunday will mark exactly one year from the announcement of Oskar Lindblom's cancer diagnosis.
The news on Dec. 13, 2019, was "scary and sobering," an emotional Chuck Fletcher put it about a week after learning the 23-year-old Lindblom had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma.
"This transcends hockey," the Flyers' general manager said.
At the time, hockey felt like an afterthought. The focus quickly became rallying behind Lindblom as he fought for his life, not just his hockey career.
In July, Lindblom's courageous fight culminated with the completion of his radiation treatments at Pennsylvania Hospital as the Swedish native was deemed without evidence of cancer.
In September, he was playing a second-round Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then, a Game 7.
"This guy’s heart, you have to see it to believe it," Claude Giroux said.
When the Flyers announced Lindblom's diagnosis on that Friday in December, the team said he was "not expected to return to play for the remainder of the season."
Lindblom proved that wrong. And the Flyers on Saturday were happy to flag themselves.
The Flyers, of course, could not predict the season would be paused for over four and a half months because of the coronavirus pandemic and then restarted.
Nonetheless, awesome touch by the Flyers, who know to never count out No. 23.
Way to go, Oskar.
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