The Wichita Thunder announced three more players to the 2015-16 roster on Wednesday.
Returning to Wichita for a second season is Todd Hosmer, who collected 43 points (22G, 21A) in his first full season in the ECHL. After starting the season on the Thunder’s third line, Hosmer’s offensive game and continued physicality earned him time on the top two lines and power play and quickly made him a fan favorite.
“Hosmer has the ability to score and brings a physical element to his game,” says Thunder head coach Kevin McClelland.
“It’s an honor to be back in a Wichita uniform this season,” Hosmer said. “I’m beyond excited and ready to give the Thunder fans something to cheer about. I can’t wait for October.”
The team also announced two new players to the fold for the coming season.
Forward Anthony De Luca is joining the team after a huge 2014-15 campaign with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). De Luca posted a career high 91 points (44G, 47A) in 68 games. In 202 career games in the QMJHL, De Luca posted 208 career points.
Last but not least, the team announced a puck-moving defenseman with ties to the National Hockey League. Tim Boyle was drafted 106th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is the younger brother of Brian Boyle, who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boyle split time between Union College and South Shore Kings of the USPHL during the 2013-14 season; collecting 5 goals, 18 assists and 113 PIM in 52 games. Last season, he played at Endicott College; appearing in 18 games, collecting 11 points and 24 PIM.
“De Luca had a terrific junior career and we hope he can translate that to the pro game. Tim is a big body on the back-end who skates well and can add some offense for us on our blueline,” McClelland said of the two new additions.
The additions announced on Wednesday now bring the number of announced signings to four. Kenton Miller re-signed with the team earlier this month.