(ISN) – Brandon, MB. — It’s official.
17-year old Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov will be on the ice Tuesday night, wearing Russian colours when Westman Communications Group Place plays host to game two of the SUBWAY SUPER SERIES.
A first round pick (30th overall) of the Wheat Kings in last July’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Provorov will join Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville in next week’s games to be played in Saskatoon on Monday and Brandon on Tuesday.
Provorov enters this weekend’s 2-game home stand sitting tied with Kelowna’s Deven Sideroff for the league lead in scoring among rookies and is third in defencemen scoring behind Madison Bowey of Kelowna and Victoria’s Joe Hicketts.
In eighteen games this season, the 6′ 200 lb. native of Yaroslavl, Russia has eight goals and 19 points.
“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,” Provorov recently told CKLQ’s Bruce Luebke. “And to play against Canada, one of the best country’s in all the world in hockey, it’s always great.”
Provorov, who had six goals and 19 points in 56 games with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders last season, represented Russia at the World Under 18 Hockey Championship last April.
Before next week’s SUBWAY SUPER SERIES, the Wheat Kings will host Saskatoon and Calgary on Friday and Saturday nights.