He did not take part in the pregame skate because he refused to wear the team's LGBTQ+ Pride Night warmup jersey. The Flyers wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow tape which are being auctioned off by Flyers Charities.
The Russian national cited his religious beliefs as the reason for not taking part. Following the team's 5-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks, Provorov said it was his choice "to stay true to myself and my religion."
"With Provy, he's being true to himself and to his religion," the first-year Flyers coach said. "This has to do with his belief and his religion. It's one thing I respect about Provy: He's always true to himself. That's where we're at with that."