Two-time Stanley Cup champion Darryl Sydor and longtime professional Daniel Tkaczuk have agreed to join the Chicago Wolves coaching staff for the 2016-17 season, the Wolves announced Monday. Sydor and Tkaczuk will work alongside Craig Berube, who was named the team’s head coach on June 29.
“With the addition of Craig Berube, Darryl Sydor and Daniel Tkaczuk, we have a very knowledgeable staff,” said Wolves general manager Wendell Young. “The three of them have played more than 2,500 NHL and 3,300 professional games. They were hard games, too, because they played hard. They are strong coaches who bring a lot to the table.”
Sybor, 44, spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild (NHL). The Wild posted a regular-season record of 188-143-45 (.560) during his tenure behind the bench and earned Stanley Cup Playoff berths each of the last four years. He entered the coaching profession with the Houston Aeros (AHL) in 2010-11.
Prior to becoming a coach, the Edmonton, Alberta, native enjoyed a 19-year NHL career that included All-Star Game appearances in 1998 and 1999. Selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the seventh overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound defenseman jumped from the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) to the Kings at the age of 19.
Sydor stacked up 98 goals and 409 assists in 1,291 regular-season games for the Kings, Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. He contributed 9 goals and 47 assists in 155 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, which featured Stanley Cup triumphs with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004. He also played in the Stanley Cup Final with Los Angeles in 1993, Dallas in 2000 and Pittsburgh in 2008.
Tkaczuk, 37, has coached in the Ontario Hockey League for the last four seasons. He served as associate coach for Kitchener last season and helped the Rangers reach the second round of the OHL playoffs. He spent 2012-15 with the Owen Sound Attack.
The Toronto native was the No. 6 overall selection by the Calgary Flames in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Tkaczuk posted 4 goals and 7 assists in 19 NHL games with the Flames in 2000-01. He appeared in 286 regular-season AHL games and notched 59 goals and 109 assists.
The Wolves celebrate their 23rd home opener on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Allstate Arena. Season-ticket packages and group specials are available by visiting ChicagoWolves.com or calling 1-800-THE-WOLVES.