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Amerks sign Amherst native Frank Hora, forward Shaw Boomhower

The Rochester Americans announced Wednesday they signed defenseman Frank Hora and forward Shaw Boomhower to one-year, American Hockey League contracts for the 2019-20 season.

Hora, 23, is an Amherst native and spent most of the past two seasons with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, posting two goals among 17 points in 70 games in 2018-19. Boomhower, 20, played 26 games for the Buffalo Sabres' ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, as a rookie and scored three goals among seven points with 82 penalty minutes in 27 games.

Hora played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres prior to a four-year stint with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, where he had 11 goals among 91 points in 241 games from 2013-17. The right-shot defenseman was not drafted in the National Hockey League and signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters in October 2016.

Hora appeared in only three games with Cleveland and signed consecutive one-year contracts with the AHL's Lehigh Phantoms over the past two summers. However, he would appear in only nine games with the team. He had three goals among 31 points in 132 games with Reading over the past two seasons.

Boomhower, a native of Belleville, Ontario, played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and participated in the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp last fall after a strong performance in the team's prospect tournament. He was on the Cyclones' protected list for next season.

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