Darryl Sydor

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Darryl Sydor
Darryl Sydor.jpg
Born (1972-05-13) May 13, 1972 (age 46)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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 Canadian-American former 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]

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 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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 Norström, Sydor became the odd man out on the Stars' blueline and did not receive an offer from the club.[5] He instead signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] 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.[6]

On September 3, 2009, Sydor was invited to the St. Louis Blues training camp for the 2009–10 season.[7] On September 25, Sydor signed a one-year contract with the Blues, serving primarily as a seventh defenceman.[8] He announced his retirement from the NHL as a player on July 13, 2010.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

Sydor spent the 2010–11 season as an assistant coach of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) 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 NHL's Minnesota Wild,[10] again serving under Yeo. When Yeo became the head coach of the St. Louis Blues, Sydor again followed, working with the Blues' AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves in 2016–17 and as a Blues' assistant coach in 2017–18.[11] He left the Blues in 2018 to spend more time with family.[12]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Sydor and his wife Sharlene have four sons: Parker, Braden, Dylan and Cooper.[13] At the end of 2006, Sydor was naturalized with his wife as US citizens at a Dallas elementary school.[14]

On August 21, 2015, Sydor was charged with drunken driving after police arrested him while he was driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament. According to the criminal complaint filed in Anoka County District Court, Sydor's blood alcohol level tested at 0.30, more than three times the legal limit.[15]

Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program and admitted himself into an inpatient centre in Malibu, California, on August 22 to seek treatment for alcoholism, earning the respect of fellow Blazers' majority owner Tom Gaglardi.[16]

Sydor is a part owner of the Kamloops Blazers.[17]

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
2002 Canada WC 1 0 0 0 0
Senior int'l totals 17 0 2 2 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.tsn.ca/World_jrs/feature/?fid=3804
  2. ^ "Numminen to Stars in three-way trade". CBC. 2003-07-22. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  3. ^ "Lightning give up Svitov". ESPN. 2004-01-28. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  4. ^ "Cap-strapped Lightning deal Sydor to Stars". ESPN. 2006-07-02. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  5. ^ a b "Sydor speaks". Dallas Morning News. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-11-16.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Stars trade defenceman for Darryl Sydor". Rogers Sportsnet. 2008-11-16. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  7. ^ "St. Louis Blues invite Darryl Sydor to training camp". Stltoday.com. 2009-09-03. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  8. ^ "BLUES BRING IN DEFENCEMAN SYDOR". TSN.ca. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  9. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/StLouis/2010/07/13/14700861.html
  10. ^ "Yeo picks his assistants". 2011-06-30. Archived from the original on 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  11. ^ "Blues Name Sydor Assistant Coach". NHL.com. May 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Blues name Mike Van Ryn as assistant coach". St. Louis Blues. May 30, 2018.
  13. ^ http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534308
  14. ^ "Oilers 2, Stars 0". USA Today. 2006-04-18.
  15. ^ "Wild assistant Darryl Sydor arrested for DUI". Sportsnet. August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  16. ^ http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/gaglardi-expresses-blazers-support-for-sydor/
  17. ^ http://infotel.ca/newsitem/nhl-assistant-coach-kamloops-blazer-owner-in-jail-on-drunk-driving-charges/it22327

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