BREAKING: Top Prospect Rodion Amirov Passes Away

BY WADE MESSIER    AUGUST 14, 2023  (2:01 PM)
We have some heartbreaking news to bring to you all, as Leaf's top prospect Rodion Amirov has sadly passed away.

Remembering Amirov



Former Leafs first round draft pick Rodion Amirov has sadly passed away at just 21 years of age. The former 15th overall pick was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after being drafted, and appeared to have been recovering.

Despite the setbacks, Amirov never wavered in his determination to make it to the NHL. The young player trained like few others while undergoing treatment, and looked to be quite promising.


Amirov's agent announced the news today via Twitter.


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.

Rest in peace Rodion, you will not be forgotten.

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