Oskar Lindblom wins NHL's Masterton Trophy
By: Mike Stiles -
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Oskar Lindblom (photo courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers)
(NEW YORK) – Cancer survivor Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers has won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The NHL announced Lindblom as the winner Tuesday night. Lindblom returned to play in the NHL after undergoing treatment for a rare form of bone cancer. Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in December 2019 and played two games for Philadelphia during the bubble playoffs in September 2020. The 24 year old Swede regained his regular spot in the Flyers' lineup this season and played 50 of 56 games. He recorded 14 points averaging just over 13 minutes of ice time. Lindblom completed treatment in July and was again declared cancer-free following another scan in March. San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Minnesota's Matt Dumba were the other finalists for the award voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Marleau broke Gordie Howe's career games played record at age 41, while Dumba continued his efforts to fight for more diversity in hockey.