(ISN) – Brandon, MB. — The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have announced plans to recognize rookie defenceman Ivan Provorov before Friday night’s game against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes at Westman Communications Group Place.
The 17-year old Provorov became the latest Wheat King to win a medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship when he helped Team Russia to a Silver Medal last week at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
A former first round draft choice (30th overall) in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Provorov currently leads all WHL rookies in scoring this season with eleven goals and 41 points in thirty-eight games. His 41 points also leave him tied for a share of the league lead among defencemen with Travis Brown of the Victoria Royals.
The 6′ 200 lb defenceman, who is expected to be a high first round pick in this year’s National Hockey League Entry Draft, is currently third in team scoring behind Tim McGauley and Jayce Hawryluk.
One of two Wheat Kings invited to participate in next week’s CHL Top Prospects Game, the Yaroslavl product scored six goals and 19 points as a member of the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders in 2013-14.
Friday’s game will be the first in Brandon since September’s blockbuster trade that saw the Wheat Kings acquire Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps in exchange for Kord Pankewicz, Ryley Lindgren and Brett Kitt.
The game will also feature a special Salute to Manitoba 4-H, presented by Enns Brothers. Brandon’s John Deere dealer has purchased tickets for over two dozen western Manitoba 4-H groups from such communities as Rapid City, Lenore and Newdale.
4-H is an organization that develops innovative community leadership in youth between the ages of 6 and 25. In Manitoba, a partnership between the not-for-profit Manitoba 4-H Council and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI). The average age of a Manitoba 4-H member is 11.9.
The Wheat Kings enter Friday’s game leading the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 31-9-3-1. After winning two of three on their recent Alberta road trip, the Wheat Kings have moved six points up on the second place Medicine Hat Tigers.
Lethbridge meanwhile is 10-25-3-3 but have gone 4-5-0-1 in its last ten games. Leading the ‘Canes in scoring this season is veteran Tyler Wong with fifteen goals and 32 points. Pankewicz leads all Lethbridge defencemen with four goals and 19 points and has managed two goals and 12 points in eleven games since Peter Anholt stepped behind the Hurricanes’ bench.