NHL analysts explained that the 26-year-old Provorov came to North America to play his junior hockey in Canada when he was 16 years old.
NHL Network’s EJ Hradek says Russia’s Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, who didn’t wear his Pride jersey at the team’s Pride Night, should ‘get on a plane’ and ‘intervene’ in Russia’s war on Ukraine said. Provorov missed the Flyers’ pregame warmup on Tuesday night. After the game, Provorov was asked why he missed the warmup.
“I respect everyone and I respect everyone’s choice. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I want to say,” Provorov said.
When members of the media asked him what religion he practices, Provorov said he was Russian Orthodox, and on Wednesday night Hradek told his NHL Network that the comments were disrespectful and that Provorov should leave North America. He said he feels
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“At any moment, Ivan Provorov can get on a plane, return to a place where he can be more comfortable, and start his life over with less money,” he said Hradek. “If that matters to him that much.”
NHL analysts explained that the 26-year-old Provorov came to North America to play his junior hockey in Canada when he was 16 years old. So he should be used to cultural differences with his native Russia. “If this is a very big issue for him and maybe it’s about fitting in with his teammate’s group and community and here in this country, then that’s fine. You can feel like it,” Hradek said. Added. “If it bothers you that much, you always have the chance to quit.”
Hladek took up Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and suggested to Provorov that he quit hockey in his NHL and fight in the war.
“Let’s go back to where we feel more comfortable,” Hradek continued. I understand there is a short circuit over there. The team donned rainbow-colored jerseys, used sticks wrapped in the rainbow-colored tape during warm-ups before the game, and posted a photo of the players wearing the jerseys in a tweet. The team also tweeted a video of some of the shirts hanging in the locker room, reading, “Hockey belongs to everyone.”
Here in Edmonton, it’s a dynamic I couldn’t comprehend dating back to the time they handed the car keys to Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and his group of teens named Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Back then, veterans were alienated and lost the Ice Age because of the mistakes children make every night. And the team, well, it wasn’t that good.
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