Cody Sylvester Returns To Wheeling Nailers

On Friday November 6th, the Wheeling Nailers announced the signing of Canadian left-winger Cody Sylvester. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. Sylvester originally signed with Atlanta before the team opted out for 2020-21. He now makes his return to Wheeling, where he was the leading goal scorer in 2013-14.

The native of Kelowna, B.C. had a huge rookie season with the Nailers, where he led the team in game-winning goals (7), tied first in shorthanded goals (4), second in shots on goal (155) ands third in +/- (+19). In 2014-15, Sylvester signed with South Carolina before making the decision to sign a contract in Europe. That saw him play in Germany and Austria from 2015 until the play stoppage back in March.

In a statement from the left-handed shooter, he said upon signing his contract on Friday, “I loved playing in Wheeling, and I’m looking forward to coming back. I had great success on the ice, plus the fans are always very supportive, and the organization treated me extremely well. Mark French is a well-known coach who I’ve heard a lot of good things about, and am excited to play for this season.”

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As for the thoughts of Mark French, head coach of the Wheeling Nailers, he said of the team’s latest signing, “Cody has been a good scorer throughout his career, which includes a big season here in Wheeling when he was a rookie. Cody has also been recognized as a leader, and we expect him to continue that on and off the ice.”

Wheeling’s roster is currently comprised of eleven forwards; Matt Alfaro, Cody Bradley, Alec Butcher, Tyler Drevitch, Brad Drobot, Kevin Dufour, Andrew Gaus, Luke Lynch, Will Smith, Michael Pelech and Cody Sylvester. On defence, they have Drydn Dow, Marc-Olivier Duquette, Matt Miller, Chad Duchesne, Shane Kuzmeski and Dylan MacPherson. Wheeling is set to play their home opener on the 12th of December as they welcome the Indy Fuel.

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