For the second-straight season, Oskar Lindblom is a Masterton Trophy Finalist.
Here’s the release from the Flyers, in part:
The National Hockey League announced today that Philadelphia Flyers left wing Oskar Lindblom is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game of hockey.
Lindblom joins defenseman Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild and center Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks as finalists.
Lindblom returned for a full season with the Flyers this year, appearing in 50 of the team’s 56 games and recorded 14 points (8g-6a) and averaged 13:11 of ice time, after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma by leading specialists at the University of Pennsylvania in December of 2019.
Prior to the diagnosis in 2019-20, Lindblom was in the midst of a breakout season. He was tied for the team lead in goals (11) and recorded 18 points (11g-7a) in 30 games. He returned to the team in the NHL bubble for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and appeared in Games 6 and 7 of the Second Round vs. NY Islanders.
The winner of the Masterton is selected by a poll among the 31 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and is revealed during the NHL Awards Show. Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan, who entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association player assistance program for issues with alcohol abuse and returned to finish the season with the Senators, won the award in 2019-20.
The last Flyer to win the Masterton was Ian Laperriere, 11 years ago. Bobby Clarke won it in 1972 and Tim Kerr in 1989.
As for the other two finalists, Matt Dumba has been one of the key guys in bringing the social justice movement to hockey. He co-founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance and has been outspoken about making the sport more inclusive. Marleau turned 41 this season and eclipsed Gordie Howe’s regular season games record. He’s played 910 straight and is a 23-year NHL veteran.