Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor drunk drives kid to hockey game

The former NHL defenseman had a .30 blood alcohol level.

The former NHL defenseman had a .30 blood alcohol level.

Whether or not you feel pro sports figures should act as role models to the kiddos, we can all agree they shouldn’t drive drunk with them.

On Thursday evening Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor failed that test, along with field sobriety exams. Sydor was taking his 12-year-old son to his youth hockey game when Fridley’s finest noticed Sydor’s vehicle swerving and making wide turns, according to the complaint.

At roughly 5:15 p.m., the cops stopped Sydor on Highway 65 NE and observed the former NHL defenseman stuttering, his eyes watery and bloodshot. Sydor initially blew a .247 blood alcohol level. But later at the cop shop he registered at .30, enough to level most mortals. Sydor reportedly has a history of alcoholism.

"The son was obviously upset, shaken by what happened," Lt. Mike Monsrud says.

Sydor faces second-degree DWI and child endangerment charges, Monsrud says.

Before retiring in 2010, Sydor played 18 years of NHL puck and won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Sydor and his wife have four children.