Darryl Sydor

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Darryl Sydor
Darryl Sydor.jpg
Born (1972-05-13) May 13, 1972 (age 42)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Dallas Stars
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1990
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–2010

Darryl Marion Sydor (born May 13, 1972) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He won two Stanley Cups during his career: with the Dallas Stars in 1999, and with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. He also reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, in 2000 as a member of the Dallas Stars and in 2008 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As a junior, Sydor won a Memorial Cup with the Kamloops Blazers and also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships.[1] He is currently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.[2]

Sydor with the Penguins, March 2008.

Playing career[edit]

The Los Angeles Kings selected Sydor seventh overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and won a Memorial Cup championship in 1992. Sydor originally began his Memorial Cup championship season in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Kings, but was sent back to the WHL after 18 games.

In his first full season with the Kings, Sydor tallied 29 points and helped the club to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Led by Wayne Gretzky, they were, however, defeated by the Montreal Canadiens. Sydor developed with the Kings, but did not reach his prime until he was traded to the Dallas Stars in 1996. He recorded a career-high 40 assists and 48 points in 1996–97 with the Stars.

During his time with Dallas, Sydor became part of the team's big four defenceman, which included Derian Hatcher, Sergei Zubov and Richard Matvichuk. This quartet played a major role in capturing the Stanley Cup in 1999 against the Buffalo Sabres. In the regular season leading up to Sydor's first Stanley Cup championship, he matched his career-high 48 points and established a personal best 14 goals. The following year, Sydor helped the Stars to a second consecutive Finals appearance, but would suffer an injury against the New Jersey Devils. The Stars were kept from repeating as Stanley Cup champions, falling to the Devils in six games.

Sydor played in Dallas for seven and a half seasons before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2003.[3] He played only 49 games with Columbus before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for prospect Alexander Svitov midway through the season.[4] Bolstering the Lightning's lineup for their 2004 playoff run, Sydor won his second Stanley Cup championship as the Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games. Sydor remained with the Lightning for one more season and was then traded back to the Dallas Stars on July 2, 2006 for a 2008 fourth round draft pick in a salary-dumping move.[5]

Returning to Dallas in 2006–07, he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007. Due to a late-season acquisition for defenceman Mattias Norstrom, Sydor became the odd man out on the Stars' blueline and did not receive an offer from the club.[6] He instead signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[6] In his second season with the Penguins, he was traded back to Dallas for his third stint with the club on November 16, 2008, in exchange for Phillippe Boucher.[7]

On September 3, 2009, Sydor was invited to the St. Louis Blues training camp for the 2009-10 season,.[8] On September 25, Sydor signed a one-year contract with the Blues, serving primarily as a seventh defenceman.[9] He announced his retirement from the NHL as a player on July 13, 2010.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

Sydor spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League under head coach Mike Yeo. Under their leadership, the Aeros won the Western Conference title.

On June 30, 2011, Sydor was announced as one of the new assistant coaches of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild,[11] again serving under new head coach Mike Yeo.

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Sydor and his wife Sharlene have four sons: Parker, Braden, Dylan and Cooper.[12] At the end of 2006, Sydor was naturalized with his wife as US citizens at a Dallas elementary school.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Kamloops Blazers WHL 65 12 14 26 86 15 1 4 5 19
1989–90 Kamloops Blazers WHL 67 29 66 95 129 17 2 9 11 28
1990–91 Kamloops Blazers WHL 66 27 78 105 88 12 3 22 25 10
1991–92 Kamloops Blazers WHL 29 9 39 48 33 17 3 15 18 18
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 1 5 6 22
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 6 23 29 63 24 3 8 11 16
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 84 8 27 35 94
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 4 19 23 36
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 1 11 12 34
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 26 2 6 8 41
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 82 8 40 48 51 7 0 2 2 0
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 79 11 35 46 51 17 0 5 5 14
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 74 14 34 48 50 23 3 9 12 16
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 74 8 26 34 32 23 1 6 7 6
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 82 10 37 47 34 10 1 3 4 0
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 78 4 29 33 50
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 81 5 31 36 40 12 0 6 6 6
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 49 2 13 15 26
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 1 6 7 6 23 0 6 6 9
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 4 19 23 30 5 0 1 1 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 74 5 16 21 36 7 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 1 12 13 26 4 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 65 2 11 13 16
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 0 8 8 15
NHL totals 1,291 98 409 507 755 155 9 47 56 73

International play[edit]

Sydor has played for Team Canada at the following competitions:

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada WJC 7 3 1 4 4
1994 Canada WC 8 0 1 1 4
1996 Canada WC 8 0 1 1 0
Senior int'l totals 16 0 2 2 4

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Preceded by
Martin Gélinas
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
1990
Succeeded by
Jamie Storr