The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a huge loss this season when it was revealed that 23 year old forward Oskar Lindblom had been hit with a cancer diagnosis. The Flyers revealed via an official statement that the young Swedish forward had been diagnosed with a former of cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma, a diagnosis that effectively put a stop to his career in the National Hockey League effective immediately so that both Lindblom and doctors could begin to treat the disease immediately.
The move came at the worst possible time for Lindblom who was blossoming into one of the Flyers most consistent forwards this season, a season that would have been just his second full season in the National Hockey League. The Flyers revealed during their announcement earlier this month that Lindblom would be expected to miss the remainder of the season:
Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma by leading specialists at the University of Pennsylvania. He will undergo further testing and evaluation next week and begin treatment immediately thereafter. He is not expected to return to play for the remainder of the season. The Flyers will do everything possible to support Oskar and assist him in securing the best care available. Out of respect for Oskar and his family, the team will have no further comment at this time and asks that Oskar be afforded a period of privacy so that he may focus his efforts on his treatment and a return to full health.
The good news here is that Lindblom has been flooded with an overwhelming amount of support from the hockey community and our readers will already be very familiar with the #OskarStrong hashtag that has gained a great deal of popularity as thousands upon thousands have rallied in support of the young Flyer. He will need that support now more than ever as a report from Philadelphia Flyers insider Sam Carchidi has revealed that Lindblom is now set to begin his treatments to combat the disease. Carchidi reports that Lindblom is expected to start the treatments at some point in this coming week and if you have known anyone in your life that has undergone cancer treatments you know they can be extremely trying.
Our thoughts remain with Oskar, his family, and their loved ones in this trying time, and hopefully the next update will be good news as a result of these treatments.