Flyers: Oskar Lindblom honored by Pittsburgh Penguins

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 17: Fans hold up signs in support of Oskar Lindblom #23 of the Philadelphia Flyers who was recently diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, during a stoppage in play in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks on December 17, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 17: Fans hold up signs in support of Oskar Lindblom #23 of the Philadelphia Flyers who was recently diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, during a stoppage in play in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks on December 17, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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There was quite an emotional and classy moment during a brief TV timeout in the first period of Tuesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins gave Oskar Lindblom the spotlight as they honored him in his first return to Pittsburgh since successfully beating his cancer battle.

In a video captured of the touching moment that was later shared by the official Philadelphia Flyers Twitter account, the Penguins public address announcer Ryan Mill told fans attending the game that it was Lindblom’s first game in Pittsburgh since beating cancer in late 2020. He appeared on the scoreboard and was subsequently given a much-deserved standing ovation by fans in attendance at Tuesday night’s game.

Oskar Lindblom, Philadelphia Flyers
Oskar Lindblom, Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

Flyers players on the bench began to tap their sticks in support of their teammate. It was an incredibly touching moment, and one had to have felt good for Lindblom.

You can watch the video here:

Oskar Lindblom was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, at the age of 24 in December 2019.

This isn’t the first time the Penguins have shown their support for Oskar Lindblom. The Pittsburgh Penguins organization has always been supportive of Lindblom since his cancer diagnosis was announced. Back in January of 2020, just a month after Oskar Lindblom’s diagnosis, the Penguins shared players of their team, including Sidney Crosby, wearing OskarStrong shirts in support of Lindblom.

369 days and multiple cancer treatments later, Lindblom had announced that he finally was cancer-free on December 15th of 2020. He returned to National Hockey League action with the Flyers shortly thereafter and not without multiple NHL teams in addition to the Flyers supporting him along the way. It was tough for Lindblom, but at the end of it all, it showed the tough young kid he is, and man is the Flyers lucky to have him.