Flames Defender Takes Step In Returning To The NHL

Published January 4, 2024 at 12:42

Calgary Flames defenceman Oliver Kylington has taken a step forward in his return to the ice after not playing last season due to his mental health struggles. Kylington opted to spend the year back home in Sweden to be near his family.

The 26 year old had a breakout year during the 2021-22 season where he set career highs in every category. In 73 games he scored 9 goals and 31 points while averaging 18:09 in ice time.

Today the Flames announced that Kylington will be assigned to their AHL affiliate The Wranglers on a conditioning assignment.

Kylington also released a statement updating on his mental health battle:

"I feel I'm in a good place with my mental health and ready to take another step forward returning to Calgary has been the right decision. I've felt tremendous commitment from Flames ownership, management and my teammates, and I am appreciative of the support and resources made available to me. I also thank my family, friends and the fans for their encouragement. I'm looking forward to getting on the ice in a team environment and back to my everyday life. I have missed it very much."

I commend Kylington on the courage it would have taken to step away from the game after having the most successful season of his professional career, knowing things weren't going right in his personal life.

Everyone at BladeofSteel wishes Kylington all the best as he gets back to the game he loves.
January 4   |   348 answers
Flames Defender Takes Step In Returning To The NHL

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