BREAKING: Veteran Goaltender Retires At 37

Published September 26, 2023 at 2:34 PM

Cory Schneider has announced his retirement after an illustrious 16-year professional hockey career.

"It's The Right Time For Me"


In an interview with Salem News, Schneider reflected on his career:

«I'm at peace with it. I'll miss my teammates and the intensity of playing, but it's the right time for me. New Jersey was a great place for my family and I. My kids were both born there, I had some great teammates, and it was a terrific place to play."

"Vancouver was the high point for me,» Schneider said. «They drafted me (in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft) and the organization had great people, I had great teammates, and we came within one game of brining the city its first Stanley Cup.»

Spanning 410 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, and New York Islanders, Schneider leaves a mark with 171 wins, 26 shutouts, and a commendable .918 save percentage. During his tenure with the Devils, he ranked second in games played, saves, and shutouts, only surpassed by the legendary Martin Brodeur. Schneider's journey began with the Canucks, the team that drafted him 26th overall in 2004. Together with Roberto Luongo, they clinched the William M. Jennings Award in the 2010-11 season and narrowly missed the Stanley Cup in 2011. Schneider cites a Vancouver match against Boston, known as 'Game 8', as his favorite, where he led with 36 saves in a 4-3 victory.

Focus Turns To Family

His last NHL game was in April 2022, playing for the Islanders and ironically defeating the Devils 4-3. Outside the NHL, Schneider considered playing in Switzerland but prioritized family stability. At 37, the seasoned goalie reflects on a rewarding career and the lasting bonds formed with teammates. As Schneider transitions, he contemplates exploring NHL management or coaching but emphasizes the joy of spending quality time with his family.

«There's not a big market in the NHL for 37-year-old goalies who haven't played regularly in three years,» Schneider said tongue in cheek.

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