After 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, defenceman Darryl Sydor has announced his retirement. At 38, Sydor looks back on a career that saw him play in 1,291 games with Los Angeles, Columbus, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and St. Louis. He finished his career with 98 goals and 409 assists.
Sydor wasn’t an offensively-minded defenceman, but his contributions were certainly felt by any team fortunate enough to have him in their roster. He brought a lot of heart with him everywhere he went.
Sydor won a Stanley Cup in 1999 as a member of the Stars in Dallas and added another one with Tampa Bay five years later. He spent the majority of his career with the Stars, piling up nine years as a key component on a team that managed considerable success.
Sydor is an Edmonton native and is likely to take on a front office position somewhere. Along with Richard Matvichuk, his Cup win brought a lot of pride to the Alberta city even as the Dallas/Edmonton playoff rivalries built over the years.
Most of all, however, Sydor will be remembered for his level of professionalism. A classy player through and through, he may well represent part of a dying era in pro sports. He may not be Hall-bound in the near future, but he certainly deserves to be mentioned with the utmost respect. A master of the intangibles, Sydor will be remembered for his guts more than anything.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.