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Wild assistant coach Sydor gets jail time for DWI

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Minnesota assistant coach Darryl Sydor was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree DWI on Monday, per

Sydor, 43, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in late August with his 12-year-old son in the vehicle, according to the Fridley Police Department.

Sydor reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .30. Second-degree DWI is considered a gross misdemeanor under Minnesota law.

More on today’s plea:

Sydor was sentenced to serve 60 [non-consecutive] days in Anoka County Jail. The time will be scheduled around the NHL season and will be in intervals from 2015 to 2018. He will still have to miss some hockey games at the beginning of the season, according to court records.

He will also be on probation until 2019.

Shortly after today’s news, the Wild released the following statement:

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.

Sydor then released his own statement, through the club:

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.

Sydor has been an assistant with the Wild for the past four years, but away from the team since his arrest. Prior to his transition into coaching, Sydor had a lengthy NHL playing career that included Stanley Cup wins in Dallas and Tampa Bay.