Ivan Provorov left his native Russia at the age of 14 to play in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in pursuit of his NHL dream. He joined a team of kids from all over the world who came together to lead the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights to a national championship.
In this Orange Line feature (above), we introduce you to Alex Vasko, the coach who recruited Provorov to America and helped develop the skills we see every game with the Flyers.
You’ll also meet Denis Smirnov and Nikita Pavlychev, two of Provorov’s teammates in Wilkes-Barre, who also left Russia to play hockey in America and are now part of Penn State’s rapid ascent into the top 10 in college hockey.
John Boruk shares the story of the players’ time together in Wilkes-Barre, the different paths they’ve taken since and their recent reunion in Philadelphia.