Minnesota Wild - Assistant Coach
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Darryl Sydor was named to the position of assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild on June 30, 2011.
Sydor comes to the NHL after serving as an assistant coach for Mike Yeo with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2010-11. In his first season as a professional coach, the Aeros went 46-28-1-5 and advanced to the Calder Cup Final after not qualifying for the playoffs in 2010.
Before moving behind the bench, the Edmonton, Alta., native played 18 seasons in the NHL collecting 507 points (98-409=507) and 755 penalty minutes (PIM) in 1,291 games with Los Angeles, Dallas, Columbus, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The defenseman recorded 56 points (9-47=56) in 155 playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999 and the Lightning in 2004. Sydor appeared in two NHL All-Star Games (1998, 1999) and retired following the 2009-10 season.
For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.