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NHL assistant coach, Kamloops Blazer owner in jail on drunk driving charges

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August 21, 2015 - 12:27 PM


FRIDLEY, MN — One of the Kamloops Blazers owners is in jail facing charges for driving under the influence with a 0.30 blood alcohol content reading in Minnesota Thursday evening.

According to a complaint filed by Fridley Police Department Officer Erik Johnson in Anoka County, MN, Darryl Sydor, 43, was arrested yesterday after police followed up on a suspected intoxicated driver.

Johnson pulled over a Ford Explorer after watching the driver make wide turns and almost hit another vehicle.

Johnson spoke to Sydor who said he was driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament but got lost on the way, the complaint says.

"When interacting with Officer Johnson, defendant had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slow, slurred speech,” the complaint said. "On several occasions, defendant stopped and told his son, "I'm sorry." In speaking with defendant, the officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from defendant's breath."

After he was asked to step out of the vehicle, the complaint says Sydor staggered, held onto the door for balance and showed impairment on balance and motor skills during sobriety tests.

Officers transported Sydor to the Fridley police department where he submitted to a Datamaster test which showed his blood alcohol concentration at 0.30 - over three times the legal limit, the complaint says.

Sydor is charged with two counts of second-degree driving while impaired. If found guilty, he could face a penalty of up to one year in prison, a $3,000 fine or both.

The accused is currently detained before further court proceedings.

Sydor is a former NHL defenceman who played for the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins among other teams throughout his career. Before playing professionally, he was a member of the Kamloops Blazers. Sydor currently acts as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild.

He is one of four former Blazers who co-own the Kamloops team with Tom Gaglardi and other private investors.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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