BREAKING: Maple Leafs Prospect Tragically Passes Away at The Age of 21

Published August 14, 2023 at 3:30 PM

In a heartbreaking turn, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov has passed away at the age of 21 after bravely battling a brain tumor for two years. His agent, Dan Milstein, shared the sad news.

It is we great sadness that we announce the passing of Rodion Amirov. Two years ago, Rodion was diagnosed with a brain tumour. From the moment he received the news, he refused to speak in the negative, determined to enjoy every day, facing it with the same positive attitude he showed during his hockey career. We will always remember his courage, his desire, his will, his smile, all of the great things about him. We'd like to thank his doctors, who took great care of him. We'd like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs and his KHL - Salavat Yulayev Ufa team. Both did everything possible to help in any way, do whatever was necessary for Rodion and the Amirov family. And we'd like to thank hockey fans all over the world who sent notes of encouragement and best wishes over the past two years. They meant so much to the Amirov family.

Throughout his struggle, Amirov maintained a positive outlook, embracing both life and his passion for hockey. Rising through the Yulayev Ufa system, he secured a first-round selection by the Maple Leafs in the 2020 NHL Draft.

However, his health deteriorated in 2021 due to the brain tumor diagnosis. Despite the challenges, Amirov remained determined to make a comeback for the 2022-23 season. Rest in Peace, Rodion.
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