Ivan Provorov

Ivan Provorov
Euro Hockey Challenge, Switzerland vs. Russia, 22nd April 2017 59.JPG
Provorov in 2017
Born (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 24)
Yaroslavl, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2015
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2016–present

Ivan Vladimirovich Provorov (Russian: Иван Владимирович Проворов; born 13 January 1997) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

Playing career

Early career

Provorov left Russia at the age of 13 and moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania without his parents. He lived with a billet family there, attended private school, and played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights junior team.[2]

Provorov played with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League (USHL) before he was selected in the CHL Import Draft, 25th overall, by the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL).[3] The same year, he was selected 120th overall in the 2014 KHL Junior Draft by his hometown team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He opted to report to the Wheat Kings for the 2014–15 season on 14 August 2014.[4] His coach with the Wheat Kings was Kelly McCrimmon, whose brother, former Philadelphia Flyer Brad McCrimmon would likely have been Provorov's coach had he remained in Russia.[5]

In January 2015, Provorov was invited to the CHL Top Prospects Game, where he played for the winning Team Orr and impressed scouts with his all-around performance and ability to separate opponents from the puck.[6]

Provorov won the WHL championship with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2015–16 season[7] and was named WHL defenceman of the year.[8] However, in the following 2016 Memorial Cup tournament, the team failed to win a game. Provorov was also named the CHL Defenceman of the Year for the 2015–16 season.

Professional

After being rated as a top prospect, Provorov was selected seventh overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.[9] On 3 July 2015, he signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers.[10]

After a strong showing at the Flyers' training camp, he was added to the team[1] and made his NHL debut on 14 October 2016 away against the Los Angeles Kings. He recorded his first NHL point, an assist, in the same game. Provorov scored his first NHL goal on 23 November 2016 against Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the end of the 2016–17 season, the Flyers awarded Provorov with the Barry Ashbee Trophy, which is given to the team's "outstanding defenseman" from the season. Provorov became only the third rookie defensemen to win the award for the Flyers, after Norm Barnes and teammate Shayne Gostisbehere (who had become the second just the year before).[11] Overall, he finished the season with 30 points in 82 games.

Provorov improved his scoring in the 2017–18 season, recording a career-high 17 goals and 41 points in 82 games. The Flyers qualified for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.[12] However, the team lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first round.[13] Provorov skated in all six games, scoring three assists. It was revealed he played Game 6 with a Grade 3 AC sprain.[14] He did not require surgery, but was sidelined for eight weeks.[15]

On 12 September 2019, the Flyers re-signed Provorov to a six-year, $40.5 million contract extension.[16] The 2019–20 season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Provorov finished only 5 points shy of his career high and logged an average of 24:51 time on ice.[17] He won the Flyers' Barry Ashbee award for the second time in four years[18] and placed in the top 20 of votes for the Norris Trophy.

On January 12, 2021, the Flyers announced that Provorov would be designated alternate captain for all home games during the 2020–21 season.[19]

International play

Provorov has represented Russia three times internationally: 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and 2017 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships. During the 2016 World Juniors, Provorov provided the primary assist on the game-tying goal in the final seconds to send the gold medal game to overtime.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 56 6 13 19 32
2014–15 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 60 15 46 61 42 19 2 11 13 10
2015–16 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 62 21 52 73 16 21 3 10 13 14
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 24 30 34
2017–18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 17 24 41 20 6 0 3 3 0
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 7 19 26 32
2019–20 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 13 23 36 24 16 3 5 8 4
NHL totals 315 43 90 133 110 22 3 8 11 4

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Russia WJC18 5th 5 0 0 0 0
2015 Russia WJC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 0
2016 Russia WJC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 0 8 8 2
2017 Russia WC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 10 0 3 3 6
Junior totals 19 0 9 9 2
Senior totals 10 0 3 3 6

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ a b "Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov will make Flyers roster, Ron Hextall confirms". Philly.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ Isaac, Dave (8 October 2016). "How Ivan Provorov made it from Russia to NHL hopeful". Courier-Post. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. ^ https://chl.ca/draft/2014
  4. ^ "Wheat Kings import on his way". Brandon Wheat Kings. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ Isaac, Dave (11 July 2015). "Provorov's focus unwavering in quest for NHL career". Courier-Post. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  6. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (12 March 2015). "Wheat Kings' Provorov proving self in North America". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Brandon Wheat Kings Win 2016 WHL Championship Series". Wester Hockey League. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Ivan Provorov named top WHL Defenseman". Philadelphia Flyers. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  9. ^ "NHL Central Scouting final rankings". National Hockey League. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Flyers sign 2015 first round draft pick Ivan Provorov to an entry-level contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  11. ^ Carchidi, Sam (8 April 2017). "Wayne Simmonds, Ivan Provorov among Flyers' award winners". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  12. ^ Kimelman, Adam. "Flyers clinch playoff berth with win against Rangers". National Hockey League. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ Kimelman, Adam. "Penguins eliminate Flyers in Game 6 behind four goals from Guentzel". National Hockey League. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ Kimelman, Adam. "Provorov says shoulder injury was Grade 3 AC sprain, should have kept him out 6-8 weeks". Twitter. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  15. ^ Boruk, John. "Ivan Provorov played Game 6 with a Grade 3 AC separation". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Flyers sign Ivan Provorov to six-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Ivan Provorov Stats". Hockey-Reference.com.
  18. ^ Durso, Kevin (10 July 2020). "Flyers Announce Team Awards for 2019-20 Season". 97.3 ESPN. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  19. ^ "Flyers Set 2021 Opening Night Roster and Captains". NHL.com.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Travis Sanheim
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
Travis Konecny


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