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Wild assistant Darryl Sydor pleads guilty to DWI

Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty to second degree driving while impaired 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 judge's decision, Sydor received a mandatory 15-day jail sentence. But including time served, Sydor will actually serve two long weekends at the Anoka County workhouse beginning Friday, Sydor's attorney Ryan Pacyga said Monday afternoon.

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.

"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans," Sydor said in a statement. "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."

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 attended an in-patient treatment facility in California in late August and much of September, was arrested in August for drunken driving. His 12-year-old son was in the car at the time. Sydor, 43, played 1,291 NHL regular-season games and won two Stanley Cups.

"I'm happy that Darryl received a sentence that reflects the good work that he's done because while he's responsible for his conduct in this case, he's got a long history of good service to the community and being a good father," Pacyga said. "This should not define who he is. He's being given a chance at recovery, and he's making the most of it. He's really put a lot of work into it."

In a statement, the Wild said, "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."

Wild-Chicago Stadium Series game tickets go on sale Nov. 3

Ticket packages to the outdoor game between the Wild and the Blackhawks will go on sale to the public on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

The game is Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium, and included in the ticket packages is an alumni game Feb. 20.

Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.

The ticket package consists of one ticket to the NHL Stadium Series game on Sunday, Feb. 21 and one ticket to the Stadium Series alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 20. Tickets will be in the same seat location for each game. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For all NHL events every person is required to have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.

The Wild-Blackhawks game will be broadcast live in the U.S. on NBC as part of a Hockey Day in America tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

  • Timberwolves vs. Toronto (preseason)

    6pm on 830-AM

  • Indiana at Lynx

    7pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Wild at Phoenix

    9pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Ohio State


  • Minnesota Duluth at Gophers men's hockey

    7pm on FSN, 1500-AM

  • Wild at Los Angeles

    9:30pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Ohio State


  • Nebraska at Gophers football

    2:30pm on ESPN2, 100.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Indy


  • Gophers men's hockey at Minnesota Duluth

    7pm on FSN, 1500-AM

  • Kansas City at Vikings

    12pm on Ch. 4, 100.3/1130

  • Timberwolves at Memphis (preseason)

    5pm on 830-AM

  • Wild at Anaheim

    7pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

  • St. Louis

    Chicago Cubs

    3:37 PM


  • LA Dodgers

    NY Mets

    7:07 PM


No games for NFL

  • Florida


    6:00 PM

  • Nashville

    New Jersey

    6:00 PM

  • Winnipeg

    NY Rangers

    6:00 PM

  • Montreal


    6:00 PM

  • San Jose


    6:00 PM

  • Tampa Bay


    6:30 PM

    NBC Sports

  • Edmonton


    7:30 PM

  • St. Louis


    8:00 PM

  • Vancouver

    Los Angeles

    9:30 PM

No games for WNBA

No games for MLS