Tag: legal issues

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Mike Richards’ case pushed back to December


A lawyer appeared in court on Mike Richards’ behalf on Thursday, and the ultimate result is that his case has been remanded to Dec. 8, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

No plea was entered regarding charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone).

The incident happened at the Emerson Border Crossing as Richards was entering Canada on June 17, while the arrest itself happened on Aug. 25.

The Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract on June 29, citing a “material breach.” The NHLPA filed a grievance on the 30-year-old forward’s behalf, though a date hasn’t yet been set for that to come to a conclusion.

Much like the cases of Patrick Kane, Ryan O'Reilly and Slava Voynov, there are still things to clarify. Richards’ situation is different in at least one way, however, as he currently isn’t technically under an NHL contract.

PHT will provide updates regarding Richards whenever they may come.

Wild assistant Sydor arrested for suspected drunk driving, child endangerment

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Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Fridley, Minn. on Thursday, Dave Aeikens of ABC affiliate KSTP reports.

Sydor, 43, was driving with his 12-year-old son in the vehicle, according to the Fridley Police Department. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .30.

Local police expect Sydor to appear in court today, with the specific charges being a second-degree DUI and child endangerment, the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff reports.

Sydor has been an assistant with the Wild for the past four years and enjoyed a lengthy NHL playing career, most notably with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning. He has four children.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes Sydor’s struggles with alcohol and decision to seek treatment in the past:

Sydor said in April that he sought treatment for alcoholism last summer. He entered a rehabilitation facility in Canada and had tattoos of the date of his sobriety on each hand between his thumb and index finger (where you would hold a glass). He said, in April, that it was a reminder that he should not drink.

The Wild provided the following statement regarding Sydor:

We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Update: Sydor was released on $12K bail on Friday; read more about that here.

Kane is using the same lawyer from that 2009 cab incident

Patrick Kane

With a rape investigation underway, Patrick Kane is turning to the same lawyer who represented him back in 2009, the Associated Press confirms.

That would be Paul J. Cambria, Jr., the attorney who worked with the Chicago Blackhawks winger regarding the infamous “20 cents” incident with a cab driver in the Buffalo area.

The AP reports that Cambria acknowledged his hiring via a text message on Saturday, but didn’t provide any other details.

Cambria isn’t just familiar with Kane, he’s also experienced when it comes to high-profile clients, as his website affirms:

Mr. Cambria’s practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson.

News of the rape investigation broke on Thursday, while police confirmed it a day later. Kane, 26, is spending a “low-key” day with the Stanley Cup today.