Over the next several weeks, the NHL will reveal some of its award winners during the pregame show or halfway through games in the semifinals. Today was the Bill masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “Best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”. This years container it’s the flyers wing Oskar lindblom.
Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in December 2019, causing him to miss the rest of the regular season. However, with the pandemic delaying the playoffs until the summer, he was able to get into a couple of games in the bubble while also being a finalist for Masterton. This season, the 24-year-old played in all but six of Philadelphia’s 56 games this season, recording 14 points and averaging just over 13 minutes per game. More importantly, he was declared cancer free on the first anniversary of his diagnosis.
Lindblom is the fourth Flyer to win the award, joining Bobby Clarke (1972), Tim Kerr (1989) and Ian Laperriere (2011) as Philadelphia winners.