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HOBBS NAMED GMHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Bradford, Ontario
Feb. 18, 2015

The Bradford Bulls organization and the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League recognized #3 Zan Hobbs as the 2014-2015 GMHL Rookie of the Year.

Hobbs, 17, is native to Utah and was signed as part of the rebuild this past off-season. The rebuilding coming after the Bulls won the Russell Cup in 2013/14. The 6'1" centre plays a strong defensive and puck possession game, with tremendous speed carrying the puck.

Zan was signed from a High School Hockey League in Utah by General Manager Michael Telford. Zan was one of the surprises of the team upon arriving for Training camp last August. Immediately, Hobbs was pegged as the team's top centre in training camp.

Hobbs finished third in team scoring with 36 points (11g, 25a) in just 41 games as a rookie.

Zan has received interest from high level colleges and will be announcing his commitment shortly.

The GMHL also recognized fellow Bulls rookie #28 Zakk Bekolay, who was the 2nd runner up for the  Rookie of the Year award. Bekolay, 16, joined the club mid-season, after being the final cut from Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL camp. He is a product of the Markham Waxers AAA organization.

Throughout the season, Zakk's defensive play improved tremendously, commonly used to shut-down the league's top forwards. Bekolay quickly improved with the Bulls and was considered the team's top defenseman through the second half of the year.  

Through 37 games, Zakk notched 27 points (7g, 20a) from the blueline in his rookie season.

Bekolay will be a great building block for the Bulls looking into next year.

Each of the last three seasons, a Bradford Bulls has been the recipient of the GMHL's Rookie of the Year award. The Bulls continue the proud tradition of developing the league's elite, young players.

Hobbs joins fellow Bulls as rookie of the year:
2013/14 Rookie Sergey Bolshakov, who is now playing in the KHL.
2012/13 Rookie Devon Gilham, who is now a leading scorer in the OJHL