Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov didn’t take part in warmups on Tuesday evening, one wherein Flyers donned rainbow-themed sweaters in honor of the staff’s Pride Night forward of an eventual 5-2 win over the Ducks.
The Flyers become their normal orange-and-black sweaters after the warmups and Provorov did play within the precise sport.
“I respect everyone, and I respect everyone’s decisions,” Provorov informed reporters after the sport. “My alternative is to remain true to myself and my faith. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Provorov then recognized himself as Russian Orthodox and later shut down a query as as to if he was involved his skipping warmups would result in him not taking part in within the sport.
Flyers head coach John Tortorella addressed the scenario postgame as nicely, saying he respects Provorov for being “true to himself.”
“I feel the group has despatched out a launch relating to the group, the beliefs that we now have, and the way we really feel about it, on a extremely nice evening. With Provy, he is being true to himself and to his faith. This has to do along with his perception and his faith. That’s one factor I respect about Provy — he is all the time true to himself. So that is the place we’re at with that.”
Tortorella added that he didn’t think about scratching Provorov regardless of the participant’s option to miss warmups over the jersey and that Tuesday was “an awesome evening in celebrating.”
Here is the Flyers’ assertion Tortorella talked about:
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