Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty and was convicted on Monday to second-degree driving while impaired. He was arrested in August on suspicion of driving drunk with his 12-year-old son in the car after having a blood alcohol level of 0.3.
Sydor will now serve 15 days in a county jail beginning on Friday.
Sydor and the Wild released statements on Monday afternoon.
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.
From the Wild:
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.
The 43-year old Sydor checked himself into a treatment center days after his arrest through the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.
According the Star Tribune’s Mike Russo, Sydor’s jail sentence was for 365 days, but per the terms of his probation, he’ll have to serve 60 in 15-day intervals over the next three Octobers. If he maintains his sobriety, the judge could waive a scheduled 15-day term.
As part of Sydor’s probation, he’ll have to abstain from drugs and alcohol, attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel, continue with treatment and take part in random testing, per the Minneapolis/St. Paul Biz Journal.
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