After the news broke of the financial status of EBEL side Medvescak Zagreb, it meant a few former EIHLers were potentially looking for work again.
Rumours and hopes of players such as John Armstrong, Yann Suavé and even David Brine making a return to the EIHL started, but one player many wanted to sign for their team has now confirmed to not be returning.
After spending last season with the Belfast Giants, Sébastien Sylvestre posted 72 points in 54 games, helping the Giants to a Challenge Cup title, as well as finishing sixth in league scoring before his move to Croatia at the end of the season.
While Zagreb have had financial struggles, Sylvestre hasn’t struggled on the ice. In a tougher league he’s still performing at a high level, with 17 points in 24 games before his depature that included 12 goals.
Now while it would have been great to see him return to the EIHL, Sylvestre will actually be heading to Germany to play in the DEL2 for the EC Kassel Huskies, who currently sit 11th in the 14 team German second division, and the 25-year-old Canadian could quickly join the teams scoring leaders Richard Mueller and Tyler Gron as they try to climb the table in the second half of the season.
With Sylvestre officially off the market, it’ll be interesting to see how the situation in Zagreb continues to unfold and if any other former EIHL players will be on the move.