Longtime Kootenay Ice forward Dustin Sylvester will continue his professional hockey career in Austria after signing a one-year contract with the Dornbirner EC Bull Dogs on Monday.
Sylvester, a 26-year-old native of Kelowna, suited up in 308 WHL games with the Kootenay Ice between 2004-05 and 2009-10.
The 5-foot-7, 176-pound pivot posted 111 goals and 252 points over his WHL career.
Since graduating from the WHL, Sylvester has suited up in the American League (AHL) as well as in Europe.
Sylvester spent the past two seasons in Austria (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga) with the Vienna Capitals, tallying 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 points in 98 games.
Prior to his time in Austria, Sylvester played 126 games with the AHL Abbotsford Heat, registering 26 goals and 31 assists for 57 points.
Sylvester was originally drafted by the Kootenay Ice with the 33rd pick in the second round of the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft.
During the 2009-10 season, he was named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference Second All-Star team.
The Dornbirner EC Bull Dogs missed the post-season after finishing 10th in the 12-team Austrian league last season.
The Bull Dogs play out of Dornbirn, Austria, a city of approximately 47,000 people located near Austria’s western border.