By Lethbridge Herald on January 24, 2024.
Forward Dylan Sydor has been with the Lethbridge Hurricanes for only a couple weeks since being acquired before the trade deadline and has felt a fit right away with the team.
“The guys have been super good,” said the 20-year-old Kamloops product.
“ (I have) made some really close buddies. This group here is really close, so yeah it’s really nice. It’s fun to come to the rink every day and get better with the guys.”
He came over from a rebuilding Kamloops Blazers team to a Canes team that is fighting for a playoff spot.
“Being in a playoff spot and being able to push with some fire power here in the locker room, it’s a lot of fun and it’s what you work to every year,” said Sydor.
Sydor sees change as being good.
“I’m just trying to learn,” said Sydor.
“They got a really good coaching staff here and there’s great players on the team . So every day I’m trying to be a sponge, soak it up, learn, learn every day and being 20 obviously, I’m (a) bigger part than I would be if I was 15 or 16. So I’m trying to play my best every night and help the team out as much as I can.”
Sydor see himself as being a 200-foot player.
“I’m fast, I have speed,” he said.
“So I try to get back on defence (and) transition that into offence. (When) you’re playing with other players, you want speed the game up as much as you can. So yeah I like to play fast. I think I’ve got a pretty good shot. So try to get inside and try to rip the puck in the net.”
Sydor is the son of former NHLer Darryl, who played nearly 1,300 games from 1991 to 2010.
In 35 games between Kamloops and Lethbridge, Sydor has 23 goals and 12 assists so far.
“Just his versatility,” said Bill Peters, Hurricanes head coach.
“We can play him at centre, we can play him on the wing, he can take faceoffs, he’s on both specialty teams units, he’s produced some offence for us which has been really good, and just a quality acquisition and a good young man.”