|Ivan Provorov in action during Monday's practice in Victoria|
Import defenceman Ivan Provorov has been informed that he’s been chosen to play for the Russian Selects for games against Team WHL on November 10th in Saskatoon and November 11th in Brandon.
“It’s always great to play for your country. It’s a great experience to play with and be one of the best players on your country at that age,” said Provorov, who also played with Russia at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this past April, “And to play against Canada, one of the best country’s in all the world in hockey, it’s always great.”
Provorov also played some exhibition games with Russia as part of the exhibition series involving Canada, the Czech Republic and Russia at Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in August.
Much like Team WHL players will be hoping to impress Hockey Canada in hopes of getting invited to the final evaluation camp for this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, Provorov is hoping to do the same for his country’s hockey brass during the Super Series.
“I think it’s the same way. Coach wants to give everybody the opportunity to show themselves,” said Provorov, “It just depends how I do.”
Most countries prefer older players for the World Junior Championship, and Provorov feels Russia is no different so his opportunity to play on the grandest stage in junior hockey may have to wait.
What won’t have to wait is his audition for pro hockey.
The 6-foot-0, 200 pound Provorov already has NHL scouts taking notice, so much so that he’s considered a possible first round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
“It’s a long term goal but I just try to go game-by-game,” said Provorov, “Focus on each game and do everything I can to help the team and play my best every game.”
Provorov’s rookie season in the Western Hockey League is off to a great start, with the 17-year old product of Yaroslavl scored seven goals and 14 points in the first 14 games of the season while also registering a +12 rating.
Provorov ranks second in rookie scoring, fourth in defenceman scoring and tops in defencemen goals fo far this season.
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