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18 August , 20:39

Youth hockey tournament in Ufa will be dedicated to Rodion Amirov

The youth pre-season ice hockey tournament will be held in Ufa at the end of August and dedicated to Rodion Amirov. This was announced at a press conference by the General Director of HC, "Salavat Yulaev" Rinat Bashirov.

Rinat Bashirov also announced the proposal of the captain of "Salavat Yulaev" Grigory Panin, to withdraw from circulation No. 27, which was assigned to Rodion Amirov.

“The offer is accepted. No. 27 will be withdrawn from circulation on September 11 at the first match of the new season. Let's do this as concisely as possible. I think the fans will react with understanding. This proposal was often voiced in the comments,” said Rinat Bashirov.

All other events to perpetuate the memory of Rodion Amirov will be discussed later.

The head coach of Salavat Yulaev, Viktor Kozlov, added that losing a team member would not affect the psychological atmosphere among hockey players. On the contrary, they would be motivated and strive for the victories Rodion Amirov achieved.

“They will play not only for the team but also for Rodion. In principle, we have been playing for him for the last couple of years. Rodion had great willpower. He constantly supported the guys, always stayed in touch,” Viktor Kozlov said.

Recall the 21-year-old striker of Salavat Yulaev Rodion Amirov died on August 14. As previously reported by the Bashinform News Agency, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2022. The diagnosis was confirmed during a medical examination. The athlete was treated in Germany.

Rodion Amirov was included in the Toronto Maple Leafs (Canada). Last October, before the match between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington, Salavat Yulaev forward Rodion Amirov was introduced as a member of the Toronto team.

Author: Eduard Kuskarbekov

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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