(Bradford, ON, July 04, 2016)

The Bradford Rattlers Rookie of the Year Egor Kurbatov has returned for another season with the club.

Kurbatov is a 17 year old Centreman hailing from Russia standing 5'11" & 175lbs. Kurbatov plays a physical and skilled game up-and-down the middle of the ice.

Egor was a rookie sensation in the GMHL last season with the Rattlers, earning league wide recognition right away. In his first month in the league, Egor was named the GMHL's September Rookie of the Month before eventually earning honours as the league's Rookie of the Year runner-up.

In 32 games, the 16 year old Kurbatov potted 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points. Throughout the season, Egor drew attention from higher levels of the game including OHL, NAHL and the German top junior league, the DNL.

is expected to be a huge piece to this year's rattlers club, despite the young age.

Welcome back Egor.