Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Provorov Relishes WJC Experience

Ivan Provorov helped Russia to a silver medal at the
2015 World Junior Hockey Championship
  Ivan Provorov was back in Brandon Tuesday after helping Russia to a silver medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  "It was a good experience for me.  We played well in all the games, I would say," said Provorov while guesting on CKLQ's Wheat Kings' broadcast on Tuesday, "Great wins over the USA and against Sweden but didn't get enough against Canada...it was a great experience."

  The 6-foot-0, 194 pound Provorov had one assist and a +2 rating in seven games at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  "It's always great to play for the national team," said Provorov, who played at the World U18 Championship last April, "Plus, when the coaches trust you as an underager, it was great.  I was grateful to get the opportunity to play."

  Provorov was the only 1997-born player on the Russian squad and one of the few 17-year old players participating at the tournament in Toronto and Montreal.

  Projected as a first round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Provorov will get another chance to showcase himself later this month at the CHL Top Prospects Game.

  "It's a great opportunity for me to play and show myself.  It'll be a good game, good competition to play against all the best players in our age group."

  Provorov's regular Wheat Kings' defence partner Ryan Pilon is also headed to the Top Prospects contest, which takes place January 22 in St. Catherines, Ontario.

  Both of the Wheat Kings' representatives will play for Team Orr in the game, and are the 16th and 17th Brandon players to participate in the Top Prospects Game since it began in 1996.

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