Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov, 21, dies from brain tumor

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward prospect Rodion Amirov, the club's 2020 first-round pick, has died, his agent, Dan Milstein, confirmed Monday. He was 21.

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Milstein posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Amirov died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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"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

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Milstein said in a statement. "We will always remember his courage, his desire, his will, his smile, all of the great things about him."

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Milstein said in the statement that Amirov had been diagnosed with the brain tumor two years ago.

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The Maple Leafs announced Amirov's diagnosis in February 2022. Amirov, who was the 15th pick in 2020

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signed an entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in April 2021. He joined the Maple Leafs' taxi squad

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that spring after finishing a KHL campaign with Salavet Yulaev Ufa. He scored nine goals and 13 points in 39 games as a teenager.

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He returned to Russia for another campaign before sustaining an injury before the start of the KHL season.

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