Darryl Sydor, a co-owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, will begin serving a jail sentence on Friday.
Sydor, now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, pled guilty Monday to second-degree driving while impaired. He will report to the Anoka County Jail in Minnesota. He is to spend two long weekends at the Anoka County Workhouse.
Sydor, 43, was arrested on Aug. 20 in Fridley, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb, while driving his 12-year-old son to a minor
hockey game. He was charged with two counts of second-degree drunken driving with the aggravating factor of having a child in the car.
Sydor went to a rehabilitation facility in California three days after being arrested and was there through most of September.
Michael Russo of the the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Monday:
“Carl Newquist, the prosecuting attorney for the City of Fridley, said Sydor was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 60 of which were executed. The remaining 305 days were stayed for four years, the term of Sydor’s probation.
“As part of the plea agreement, Sydor will serve a mandatory 15 days. The balance of the 60 days will be staggered in 15-day intervals the next three Octobers. However, if Sydor can establish that he has maintained sobriety each year that he reports, the judge can waive the next 15-day executed jail term.
“If Sydor violates the terms of his probation, he can be put in jail for those remaining 305 days with credit for time served.
“As part of his probation, Sydor must provide proof of satisfactory completion of treatment, cannot drink alcohol, use drugs unless prescribed by a doctor, can have no alcohol or drug-related offenses, must attend a MADD Impact panel and submit to random testing on demand by his probation officer at his expense.
“Sydor was also fined $900 and will pay $113 in court costs.”
Sydor, who is from Edmonton, starred with the Blazers for four seasons (1988-92) and was part of the team that won the 1992 Memorial Cup. He went on to play 1,291 NHL regular-season games over 18 seasons and won two Stanley Cups.
He has been an assistant coach with the Wild for four seasons.
On Friday, the Wild issued a statement:
"The Minnesota Wild is aware of the plea agreement reached today by Assistant Coach Darryl Sydor and respects the decision made by the Anoka County District Court. The team will continue to support Darryl, and his family, as he continues with his recovery. His return to the organization will be addressed at a later date.”
Sydor also issued a statement, saying:
"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans. I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful. The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place.”
Sydor is part of the five-man group that purchased the Blazers eight years ago. Tom Gaglardi, now the owner of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, is the majority owner, with Sydor and ex-Blazers Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Mark Recchi also involved.