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Ivan Provorov: 'I take pride in my defense'

He's a strong two-way player - and he got there by learning how to put both sides of the game together.

Unfortunately, Ivan Provorov's season has ended. The Brandon Wheat Kings won the WHL championship, but failed to win any games at the Memorial Cup. As such, they've been knocked out of the four-team tournament, and now, Provorov's time in the WHL might just officially be over.

Provorov scored two assists through the tournament. His two points tied him for the lead in team scoring, and as Brandon only scored five goals throughout the tournament... yeah, things could have gone a bit better overall.

That doesn't take away from what an amazing season the Philadelphia Flyers prospect has had, though. He was the WHL Defenceman of the Year, and considering how the WHL is more known for its defense than the other CHL leagues, that's pretty impressive. Plus, as Provorov states in the above feature, he considers himself a two-way player - while he's exceptional defensively, 73 points in 62 games is nothing to sneeze at, either. He understands both sides of the puck.

And I've just gotta note: his origins are great. Little five-year-old Provorov skating for the first time and falling in love with hockey has only brought us great things so far.