Flyers wear Lindblom jerseys on emotional Hockey Fights Cancer night


For Oskar Lindblom, Sunday night hit close to home.

It was the first time Lindblom would play on Hockey Fights Cancer night at Wells Fargo Center since he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in December, 2019.

Now cancer free, all of his teammates wore his number on their backs for warmups Sunday and they sent him out first for a solo lap.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: It���s 2������3���������s night. #HockeyFightsCancer | @oskarlindblom

“A lot of emotions,” Lindblom said. “To be able to play this game again, play in the NHL, it’s the best league in the world, and still manage to be out there and compete, so it’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to be able to play here and play again.

“It was emotional to be honest. I didn’t expect to react like that when I skated on the ice. Just a lot of emotion and try to take it all in and focus on the game, but it was tough. It’s been a tough year, or more than a year. Like I said, to be able to be out with this team, it’s amazing.”

Lindblom was pronounced cancer-free one year and four days after starting treatment.

The Flyers also hosted another special guest virtually. Tony Campisi, a 17-year-old Flyers fan battling cancer for a second time, was named honorary coach for the evening.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Prior to puck drop tonight, Honorary Coach Tony Campisi, a 17-year-old hockey player battling cancer for the second time, read the players in the locker room their starting lineup via zoom. 💜🧡#HockeyFightsCancer | @Toyota

Campisi read the Flyers starting lineup via video call to big applause from the locker room. He was a “Flyer for a Day” in 2015 during his first cancer battle.

The team also honored retired U.S. Army veteran Steve Footit, who became a nurse in 2016. He worked with ICU patients while undergoing his own treatment for Stage 3 Laryngeal cancer.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: During the pandemic, Steve took on additional work and is currently caring for patients part time in the ICU���s St. Mary���s Medical Center as well as Cape Regional. ⁰⁰We are happy to have Steve with us in person and to also announce that Steve is in remission from his cancer!

The special warmup jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to aid Hockey Fights Cancer causes. deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this report

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