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Ivan Provorov named top WHL Defenseman

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Western Hockey League announced today that Flyers prospect, Ivan Provorov, has been named the recipient of the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as WHL Defenseman of the Year.

Provorov, who was selected by the Flyers seventh overall in 2015, led all WHL defensemen in scoring with 73 points (21g-52a) in 62 games, and recorded eight goals and 18 points in the final 10 games of the regular season, which included a nine-game point streak where he had seven straight multi-point games.

He finished the season second (only to fellow prospect, Travis Sanheim) in points per-game (1.18). He also led the entire league with a plus-minus rating of +64 in 62 games.

Provorov and the Brandon Wheat Kings are currently in the WHL Final, where they will face-off against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Throughout the playoffs, Provorov has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 16 games while ranking second among all players in the postseason with a plus-minus rating of +17.

The seven-game championship series begins Friday, May 6 at Brandon with the winner advancing to the Memorial Cup Tournament.

The WHL award is named after Bill Hunter, a founder and builder of the League, who served as Owner, General Manager and Coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, while also serving as the first Chairman of the Board. He was seen as the driving force that kept the WHL in the forefront of Major Junior Hockey in Canada during his years as the “Godfather” of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Notable winners of the award who have played with the Flyers are former captain Jason Smith (1993), Kevin Haller (1990), Brad McCrimmon (1978), former player and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy (1976), and Flyers Hall of Fame member Jim Watson (1972).

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