BREAKING | First-round prospect suddenly passes away at twenty-one-years-old

Published August 14, 2023 at 11:10

We have some very sad news to report on in the hockey world on Monday as Dan Milstein, a well-known agent, has announced that his client, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov has passed away at the age of 21 from a brain tumour.

"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." Milstein said.

The Maple Leafs selected Rodion Amirov with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and spent time in the KHL playing for Salavat Yulayev Ufa up until he was diagnosed.

Our thoughts are with the Amirov family and his friends at this extremely difficult time.

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