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Rodion Amirov, top hockey prospect drafted by Maple Leafs, dies after brain tumor diagnosis at 21

(Qnnflash) – Rodion Amirov, a promising prospect of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has tragically passed away at the age of 21, less than two years after his brain tumor diagnosis.

Agent Dan Milstein confirmed to The Associated Press that Amirov passed away on Monday in Munich, Germany. In February 2022, the team revealed that Amirov was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had traveled to Germany for treatment, with hopes of eventually resuming his hockey career.

In the face of this challenging situation, Amirov maintained an optimistic outlook. Milstein shared in a social media post both in English and Russian, “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.”

Milstein expressed gratitude to the medical professionals who cared for Amirov, as well as to the Maple Leafs and the KHL’s Salavat Yulayev Ufa for their unwavering support during this challenging time.

The Toronto Maple Leafs organization is deeply saddened by Amirov’s passing. Brendan Shanahan, the team’s president, shared his condolences, stating, “Over the duration of his courageous battle, Rodin’s positivity inspired everyone around him and made lasting impressions with our team and fans in his brief visits to Toronto. It’s incredibly sad to see a young man with so much promise taken from us so soon.”

Amirov was chosen as the 15th pick in the 2020 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had been playing in the KHL with his hometown team in Salavat, Russia, in 2021 before being sidelined by an injury just 10 games into the season.

Kyle Dubas, the then-general manager, noted that Amirov experienced unrelated symptoms during his recovery, prompting extensive investigations. The young prospect traveled to Toronto for multiple rounds of chemotherapy in the fall and was warmly received by fans during a Leafs game against Washington on October 14.

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