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Blazers' co-owner facing DUI-related charges

Sydor due back in court Oct. 12
By Gregg Drinnan
August 21, 2015 4:07 P.M.
Darryl Sydor was arrested early Thursday evening. (Anoka County Sherriff's Office photos)

Darryl Sydor, a former Kamloops Blazers defenceman who now is one of the WHL team’s five co-owners, was released from the Anoka County jail Friday afternoon and faces two impaired driving-related charges.
Anoka County is the northern part of the Minnesota cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington. Sydor lives in Woodbury, Minn., which is located east of St. Paul.
Sydor, 43, has been charged with two gross misdemeanour counts of second-degree driving while impaired with two or more aggravating factors — endangerment of a child and having a blood alcohol content exceeding .16.
Sydor, who was arrested early Thursday evening, was released from the Anoka County jail yesterday afternoon with bail set at $12,000. An Anoka Country District Court judge also presented Sydor with the option of enrolling in an alcohol-monitoring program. He is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 12.
The incident occurred Thursday in Anoka County. Sydor, now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, was unable to pass field sobriety tests and was later found to have a blood alcohol content of .30, more than three times the legal limit.
At the time, Sydor, who has said he is a recovering alcoholic, was driving his 12-year-old son to a minor hockey game in Plymouth, Minn. Having his son in the sports utility vehicle with him led to the aggravating factor of endangerment of a child.
Lieut. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley, Minn., police told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Sydor was arrested on Thursday, at 5:15 p.m., near Medtronic Parkway and Highway 65 in Fridley. Monsrud said a citizen had called to report a driver showing “erratic behaviour.”
Monsrud added that when police stopped Sydor, they noticed his eyes were bloodshot and watery and that he had “slow, slurred speech.” Sydor also had difficulty locating his driver’s license in his wallet.
According to KSTP-TV, the complaint against Sydor says that “an officer observed Sydor's SUV make a left turn on West Moore Lake Drive Northeast from Minnesota Highway 65. The SUV made a wide, sweeping turn into a church parking lot and then another wide turn toward Highway 65, almost hitting a vehicle going west.
“The officer stopped Sydor and said Sydor had bloodshot, watery eyes and slowed, slurred speech. He also had trouble digging through his wallet to find his driver's license; he passed over it and then paused to look in the glove box.
“His 12-year-old son was in the front passenger's seat. On several occasions, defendant stopped and told his son, ‘I'm sorry.’ ”
According to the complaint, Sydor staggered while walking and failed a field sobriety test, the result showing a blood alcohol content of .247. Sydor underwent a Datamaster test at the Fridley Police Department and that had a 0.30 reading.
The complaint said that “the officers spoke to the boy, who said they had gotten lost on the way to a hockey game that started at 6:30 p.m. The boy was now crying.”
One of the attending policemen drove Sydor’s son to the hockey game, while police contacted Sydor’s wife, Sharlene, who was visiting relatives in Canada. Sharlene told police she would get home as soon as she could. One of the son’s coaches agreed to take the boy home after the game.
Sydor, a native of Edmonton, played four seasons (1988-92) with the Blazers and was part of the team that won the 1992 Memorial Cup. The Los Angeles Kings selected him with the seventh overall pick of the NHL’s 1990 draft. He went to an 18-year pro career during which he twice won the Stanley Cup (Dallas Stars, 1999; Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004).
Sydor is part of the Blazers’ ownership group that is headed by majority owner Tom Gaglardi. It also includes former Blazers players Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Mark Recchi. They purchased the franchise from the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society in August 2007, with the league approving the sale two months later.
According to the Star Tribune, “Sydor said in April that he sought treatment for alcoholism last summer. He entered a rehabilitation facility in Canada and (has) tattoos of the date of his sobriety on each hand between his thumb and index finger (where you would hold a glass). He said, in April, that it was a reminder that he should not drink.”
The Wild, which is scheduled to open training camp on Sept. 17, issued a statement that reads: “We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
— With files from The Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, KSTP-TV, twincities.com.

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