Aggravating Factor a Key in Minnesota Wild Coach’s DWI Case

With just about one month until the start of the regular NHL season, Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor surely wishes his sole focus was on preparing his team. But instead, he’s dealing with DWI charges.

Sydor, 43, was pulled over on Thursday, August 20th for drunk driving in Fridley, Minnesota after a citizen phoned police to report someone driving erratically, according to a report from the Star Tribune. He was in the process of taking his 12-year-old son to a hockey game.

An officer reported that Sydor showed signs of slurred speech and had trouble locating his wallet. Sobriety testing later revealed that the coach had a blood alcohol level of .30.

Sydor, who has admitted to alcoholism problems in the past, faces 2 second-degree charges, made harsher by the aggravating factor of driving with a child in the vehicle. Meanwhile, an officer was able to take the boy to the game in Plymouth and arrangements were made for him to get home.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time,” commented the Minnesota Wild via the team website. Sydor has since enrolled himself in the NHL’s substance abuse program and entered a treatment facility in California, another Star Tribune report indicated.

Before becoming a coach with the Wild in 2011, Sydor was a successful NHL defensemen, winning 2 Stanley Cup championships in a playing career that that lasted from 1991 to 2010. If convicted on the charges, Sydor could face a $3,000 fine and some jail time.