Philadelphia Flyers: Ivan Provorov fortunate to be training

Ivan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Ivan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

As to be expected, Ivan Provorov is still in training mode. The Flyers defensemen is doing so in the Wilkes-Barre area.

There is no surprise that Ivan Provorov is still working his tail off to stay in shape. There’s a reason he has played in 315 straight games to begin his career. The Flyers defensemen has not missed a single game since he debuted.

His hardcore training regimen likely has something to do with that. According to Provorov, he typically trains for 10 to 11 hours a day during the summer. He has scaled things back a bit during this quarantine.

"“The offseason there’s the 10 weeks of hell, going through 10, 11 hours a day,” he said. “Here’s a little less, probably spending five or six hours trying to stay in shape, maintain, doing different stuff that I can to help.”"

Unlike most players around the league, Provorov has been able to skate during this time. With a private rink in the area, he is able to skate alone and still follow the distancing rules.

Provorov has been staying in the Wilkes-Barre area since the league paused. He is staying with the same billet family that had him when he was 14. At that age, Provorov came over to North America to play for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. He was with that family for over two years.

Provorov has continued to have a close relationship with them since moving on and playing in the NHL. The family, with their two sons and three daughters, typically come out to a few games a season.

The decision to stay in the area wasn’t just because the family had a private area to work in. Provorov wanted to spend more time with the people that helped raise him.

"“Just to be able to spend time with them and hang out … it’s definitely been very nice to spend some time with them, just hang out, play some games, talk, catch up on some things and kind of sit back and look back and laugh at all the good times we had when I stayed here and stuff like that.”"

There have been rumors that the league may allow players to start grouping up for workouts in mid-May. It is even possible a training camp could come as early as June. Provorov will be ready thanks to all of this extra work.

The team was playing its best hockey, one that Provorov said is most successful he has seen since he has been in Philly. Here’s to hoping they get to finish that off.