The No. 23 jersey of Oskar Lindblom hung proudly and powerfully in the Flyers' dressing room of Xcel Energy Center.
It was a sign of unity.
The Flyers are rallying behind Lindblom, their 23-year-old brother and teammate who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones (see story).
Teammates were emotional but strong Saturday night.
“I just went in the room and I saw it, it’s kind of tough not to be emotional," Claude Giroux told reporters before the Flyers' game against the Wild after seeing Lindblom's jersey. "But it’s good for everybody to see his jersey there.”
The team announced Lindblom's diagnosis on Friday afternoon. The Flyers then had to open a back-to-back set on the road against the Wild on Saturday and the Jets on Sunday.
“He’s a fighter, he’ll get through this," Ivan Provorov said to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher before the game. "We love him, we’ll support him all the way and he knows we’re here for him. He’s not fighting this fight alone and we’ll do everything that we can to make sure he feels that there’s all people supporting him.”
The Flyers' captain knows that is most important.
"When one of your teammates is going to go through a fight like this, we’ll all behind him," Giroux said. "We’re there to support him. … We love Oskar a lot, he’s a strong kid."
Giroux on seeing Lindblom’s stall setup in the dressing room before tonight’s game.— Taryn Hatcher (@TarynNBCS) December 14, 2019
“It’s tough not to get emotional. But it’s good for everybody, to see his jersey in there.”
JVR also reiterated, it’s important Oskar know he’s still a big part of this team.
#OskarStrong in Minnesota. 💜 pic.twitter.com/v8IsyzpreE— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 15, 2019
Perspective.#OskarStrong | #PHIvsMIN pic.twitter.com/sM6bnAeg9N— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 14, 2019
All 💜 in the Twin Cities. #PHIvsMIN | #OskarStrong pic.twitter.com/RNX6ECA1ia— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 14, 2019
Keep moving forward. Keep moving together. #OskarStrong pic.twitter.com/igH4ExqB3v— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 14, 2019
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