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Thunder re-sign Hosmer; add two more


Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder announced that they have agreed to terms with forwards Todd Hosmer and Anthony De Luca along with defenseman Tim Boyle for the 2015-16 season.

Hosmer, 27, returns to Wichita for a second season after registering 43 points (22g-21a) a year ago. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound forward won last year’s Lewis Street Glass Rattler of the Year award, totaling a career-high 91 penalty minutes. Hosmer joined the Thunder after spending two seasons with the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL. He finished with 89 points (52g-37a) in 81 career games with the RiverKings and was named to the SPHL First All-Star Team in 2013-14 as he led the league in with 37 goals.

De Luca, 20, is set to make his pro debut after an impressive three-year career with Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. The native of Rosemere, Quebec led the team in goals (44) and was second in points (91) in 2014-15. He finished ninth in the league in scoring and tied for fifth in goals. In 202 career games with Rimouski, the 5-foot-8, 208-pound forward finished with 209 points (101g-108a) and helped his team to a QMJHL championship. De Luca also added 18 points (11g-7a) in 19 playoff games highlighted by a hat trick, including the overtime game-winner, in a 4-3 overtime victory against Val-d’Or Foreurs during the semifinals.

Boyle, 22, enters his rookie season after playing last year for Endicott College (NCAA D-III). The Hingham, Mass. native was drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is the younger brother of current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle. He attended Union College in 2012-13 and then went on to play a year of junior hockey with the South Shore Kings of the USPHL in 2013-14.