Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy

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Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy

Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy, an award given to the best defender of the season in the NHL! The 30-year-old from Bern ended the 2019-20 championship with a haul of 16 goals and 49 assists in 69 games, making him the top scorer of the Nashville Predators.

In the vote called among the journalists specializing in hockey, he scored 1,499 points, and preceded John Carlson of the Washington Capitals (1,267). The absolute MVP of the regular sason is the German forward of the Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl.

All-Star Team of the regular season

Josi was also included in the All-Star Team of the regular season, while the ex bianconero Elvis Merzlikins and the ex biancoblù Dominik Kubalik were selected in the All-Rookie Team, or the formation with the rookies who did best season.

The Latvian goalkeeper has played 33 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 92.3% of saves and an average of 2.35 goals conceded per match. The Czech striker, for his part, took to the track 68 times with the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 30 goals and 16 assists.

Meanwhile, some days ago we told you how Oskar Lindblom come back to playe with Philadelphia Flyers after beating cancer, in a night not like any other in the middle of the NHL playoffs, when players play in two Canadian bubbles, Vancouver and Toronto.

As in all sports in this restart, a very tight calendar supported by very hard bodychecks, spectacular goals, great saves and a lot of competition. For one night, however, a story and a man are more significant than the results.

In Toronto, at ScotiaBank Arena, the Philadelphia Flyers for the decisive game 6 against the New York Islanders cannot use the injured Sean Couturier, one of the most important strikers they have, and then the doors open for the Swede's return to the team Oskar Lindblom.

A good start to the season, even with 11 goals and 7 assists in the initial 30 games; then, however, at the end of November the first discomfort in the side and chest arrive. Almost all hockey players speak very little and hit a lot, but they certainly don't allow themselves to be affected by pain.

Indeed, they live with it with pride. Alma, his fiancée, however, insisted that he show up and probably saved his life. The verdict of the doctors was one of those who leave stone. Ewing's Sarcoma. A rare form of bone cancer that had attached him to the rib cage.

Lots of chemotherapy and a complicated operation to replace part of the rib bones with Kevlar. Dark nights, but always burning determination. On July 2nd, the last chemo session at the Abramson Cancer Center, a trip home to Sweden to see the family and start to skate a bit with the old mates of Brynas IF.

Back in America, the mandatory quarantine in this period was less than nothing; the Cancer Free verdict pronounced by the doctors, among other things on his 24th birthday in mid-August, a warm hug even for those used to the cold.

“I'm happy, I can't complain - he said as soon as I arrived in Toronto - Being back with my teammates and returning to the ice makes me feel normal and gives me energy. When they told me about my illness in December, I felt empty, but only two days later I set myself the goal of returning to play.

" 265 days after the tumor was discovered, he returned to the ice for an NHL playoff game and contributed to the decisive victory of his team. Of course the match report highlights the saves of the extraordinary and talented goalkeeper Carter Hart, the goal in the double overtime by the defender Ivan Provorov, but the cover certainly deserves it Oskar Lindblom.

He, his perseverance, the courage and inspiration he brought to the Flyers' locker room. If we skim all the possible platitudes, the clichés and the obvious and a little cloying references to the fairy tales that will probably be written in the world for yesterday's night, his story remains an incredible story.

Wonderful for the finish. Seeing his orange-white shirt with the number 23 on the ice is a nice message for everyone. A number that is worth much more in basketball than on ice.