Rus­sian D-man good fit for Wheaties

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quicker. You’ve always got to be ready be­cause some­one’s go­ing to come and hit you.”

Provorov is one of three im­ports in train­ing camp, join­ing wingers Richard Ne­jezch­leb of the Czech Repub­lic and Ri­hards Bukarts of Latvia. If Ne­jezch­leb is sent back to Bran­don by the New York Rangers, who se­lected him in this year’s NHL draft, the Wheat Kings will have to move one of the play­ers to get down to the WHL limit of two im­ports. SEC­OND CHANCE: Michael Mylchreest is among those in train­ing camp hop­ing to fill one of what should be two or three va­can­cies on the Bran­don blue-line. What makes him dif­fer­ent from the oth­ers is the 6-3, 200-pound Cal­i­for­nian al­ready has a cou­ple of years of WHL ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mylchreest played with the Prince Ge­orge Cougars from 2011-13, record­ing nine as­sists and 29 penalty min­utes in 116 games.

The 19-year- old spent last sea­son with the Spring­field Jr. Blues of the North Amer­i­can Hockey League, con­sid­ered a Ju­nior A Tier 2 league, a step be­low the USHL.

“I spent the year out of the (WHL) and learned about my­self as a player and what the league’s re­ally all about,” said Mylchreest, who had four goals, eight as­sists and 74 penalty min­utes in 56 games with the Blues. “So it’s an awe­some op­por­tu­nity to have a chance to come back in.”

Mylchreest said he got his shot in Bran­don due to his as­so­ci­a­tion with Wheat Kings direc­tor of player per­son­nel Wade Klip­pen­stein, who was with the Cougars when the lanky de­fence­man was there. Mylchreest said his key to be­ing suc­cess­ful here is sim­ple.

“I’ve just got to do what makes me a good player and just stick to what I am,” Mylchreest said. “I’m not a flashy player at all. I’ve just got to do the sim­ple things and do the things to help the team win.”

— The Bran­don Sun

TIM SMITH / BRAN­DON SUN

De­fence­man Ivan Provorov skates dur­ing the Bran­don Wheat Kings train­ing camp on Fri­day morn­ing.

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