Wild coach Sydor charged with DWI
St. Paul Pioneer Press FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested by Fridley police Thursday and booked for second-degree drunken driving and child endangerment, Lt. Mike Monsrud told the Pioneer Press. Sydor, 43, ...
St. Paul Pioneer Press
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested by Fridley police Thursday and booked for second-degree drunken driving and child endangerment, Lt. Mike Monsrud told the Pioneer Press.
Sydor, 43, was driving his 12-year-old son to a youth hockey game when he was pulled over at about 5:15 p.m. near Minnesota 65 and Medtronic Parkway.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree drunken driving because of the aggravating factor of having a child in the car, with a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a fine up to $3,000.
During an initial court appearance in Anoka County District Court on Friday, bail was set at $12,000 and Sydor was given the option of enrolling in an alcohol treatment program. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 12.
The Wild are scheduled to open the regular NHL season Oct. 8 at Colorado.
Sydor primarily coaches the team’s defense and special-teams units. He played 18 years in the NHL and was a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 1991.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor,” the Wild said in a statement Friday. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
Sydor was pulled over after a motorist called Fridley police to report a car traveling erratically. When it was pulled over, police noticed Sydor’s bloodshot eyes and slowed speech and reported that he had trouble finding his driver’s license in his wallet, Monsrud said.
Sydor failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. At the police station, his blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.30, nearly four times the legal limit.
According to the complaint, Sydor told Officer Erik Johnson he was taking his son to a hockey tournament in Plymouth and they were lost. The 12-year-old was in the front passenger seat. The boy told Officer Zak Chlebeck they got lost on their way to a 6:30 p.m. game in Plymouth and that his mother was in Canada visiting family. The officer called the boy’s mother, Sharlene Sydor, and told her what was happening.
Chlebeck took the boy and his gear to his game and delivered him to his coach. Sharlene Sydor told the officer she would fly home as soon as possible, and she and the coach made arrangements for caring for the boy after the game.
Sydor joined the Wild as an assistant in the 2011-12 season. He won Stanley Cups with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and appeared in the 1998 and 1999 NHL All-Star Games.