WATCH: Who is Rodion Amirov? Breaking down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first pick and the opening round of the NHL draft

The NHL’s 2020 draft got underway Wednesday night and aside from the new virtual format and a cameo from Alex Trebek, it went mostly as expected, with a few fireworks.

The New York Rangers chose Canadian Alexis Lafrenière as the first overall pick, Quinton Byfield went second to the Los Angeles Kings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as reported earlier, kept theirs at No. 15. However, their pick, speedy Russian forward Rodion Amirov, may have had the Leafs fan base asking, “Who?”

In the latest episode of “Indoor Recess,” Star hockey reporter Kevin McGran and digital producer Justin Smirlies discuss the newest addition to the Leafs, Kyle Dubas’ comments on Frederik Andersen and what options Toronto has for a right-handed defenceman.

Plus, we hear a little bit of Kevin’s experience from when he covered the 2013 world juniors in Ufa, Russia, the current home of Amirov in the KHL.

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Number of homes destroyed in Glass Fire increases as winds forecast to pick up

With a hot and dry air mass overhead, the Glass Fire in the North Bay swelled 5,000 acres overnight and more spread is expected Thursday with winds kicking up.

The burn area that’s northeast of Santa Rosa grew from 51,266 acres Wednesday night to 56,781 acres Thursday morning. Containment increased from 2% to 5%, according to Cal Fire’s Thursday morning incident report.

Flames have destroyed more than 200 structures, including 143 single-family homes. Of those homes, 36 are in Sonoma County and 107 in Napa County. (See Cal Fire’s full report for further information on structure damage.) A total of 27,000 structures remain threatened.

New evacuation warnings were announced last night for people living north of Calistoga. (You can find details on the order here.)


Firefighters are preparing for winds to pick up Thursday into Friday, focusing on building containment lines and protecting structures before fire activity resurges.

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