MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor has returned to the team following a drunken driving incident this summer.
Sydor took the ice for practice Tuesday, his first this season with the Wild. He told reporters he’s thankful for the opportunity to coach again and that he won’t let his “huge mistake” define his identity. Sydor said he’s fought an alcohol addiction for “some time.”
Sydor was sentenced last month to 60 days in jail, to be served incrementally over four years. He was arrested in August, driving erratically as he took his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament. His blood-alcohol level later tested at 0.30 percent, according to the criminal complaint.
Wild coach Mike Yeo said he’ll ease Sydor back into his responsibilities. He won’t travel with the team initially.
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