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Sydor finds new coaching home

Blazers' co-owner signs with Chicago Wolves
July 26, 2016 11:04 P.M.
Darryl Sydor is back in the coaching game, this time with the AHL's Chicago Wolves. (Photo: chicagowolves.com)

Darryl Sydor is back in the coaching game.
Sydor, one of the five owners of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, has signed as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves for 2016-17.
Sydor, 44, spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He lost his job after the 2015-16 season when the Wild hired Bruce Boudreau as head coach and he made changes to his staff.
The Wolves have had to rebuild their coaching staff since John Anderson, the head coach for 14 of the franchise’s 22 seasons, left in June. He now is an assistant coach with the Wild. When the Wolves announced that they and Anderson had parted company, they also revealed that assistant coaches Mark Hardy and Brad Tapper wouldn’t be retained, either.
With the Wolves, Sydor will work alongside head coach Craig Berube and assistant Daniel Tkaczuk.
“With the addition of Craig Berube, Darryl Sydor and Daniel Tkaczuk, we have a very knowledgeable staff,” Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a news release. “The three of them have played more than 2,500 NHL and 3,300 professional games. They were hard games, too, because they played hard. They are strong coaches who bring a lot to the table.”
Sydor, a native of Edmonton, played three-plus seasons (1988-92) with the Blazers. He has been one of the franchise’s co-owners since 2007. Tom Gaglardi, who owns the NHL’s Dallas Stars, is the majority owner; ex-Blazers Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Mark Recchi also are co-owners.
Sydor retired as a player after the 2009-10 season after playing in 1,291 regular-season games with the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. He played in 155 playoff games, winning the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004.
Sydor began his coaching career in 2010-11 with the Houston Aeros, who then were the AHL affiliate of the Wild.
Berube also played some junior in Kamloops, getting into four games with the Junior Oilers in 1982-83 and 32 with the Blazers in 1985-86.
Tkaczuk, 37, joins the Wolves after being an associate coach with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers last season. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack.
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