Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor has voluntarily entered a substance abuse program following drunk driving and child endangerment charges stemming from an incident this past Thursday.
Sydor, 43, was pulled over Thursday while driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey game and his blood alcohol content was reported to be .30, nearly four times Minnesota’s legal limit. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sydor is facing, “two gross misdemeanor counts of second-degree driving while impaired with two aggravating factors — the endangerment of his child and having a blood alcohol content of .16 or more.”
The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo reported Monday evening that Sydor flew himself to Malibu, Calif., where he entered the NHL/NHLPA’s substance abuse/behavioral health program. Sydor’s lawyer, Ryan Pacyga, told Russo that Sydor will spend at least 30 days in the treatment facility, but his stay could be longer depending on the treatment he requires.
“He’s upset how he’s hurt others through his conduct here,” Pacyga told Russo. “He’s so worried about his family and the team right now.”
According to Russo, Sydor had told the Star Tribune last year he was a recovering alcoholic and had entered treatment last summer. Pacyga told Russo that Sydor’s decision not to continue treatment following the summer could very well have led to Sydor’s relapse and subsequent arrest Thursday.
“Rigorous daily maintenance is needed in order to remain sober, and if you don’t, you’re in danger of a relapse at any given moment,” Pacyga told Russo. “So when (Sydor) returns, I personally plan to help him get into a program of recovery with daily support. It’s going to be longer journey for Darryl.”
Sydor potentially faces one year in jail. His arraignment will take place Oct. 12.
When news of Sydor’s arrest broke, the Wild released a statement, saying: “We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.” There hasn’t been word whether Sydor will rejoin the Wild following his treatment. He joined the Wild coaching staff in 2011.
Sydor was a seventh overall pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1990. He played 1,291 NHL games, scoring 98 goals and 507 points. He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning and 1998-99 Dallas Stars.