The Canucks used their first round pick in 2004 to select American goaltender Cory Schneider 26th overall. The 6’2, 195 lbs goalie is currently playing his sophomore season at Boston College, where he has appeared in all 14 games, compiling a 9-4-1 record. He has a solid .911 save percentage and a strong 2.28 GAA. Considering how young the BC team is, including ten freshmen, Schneider’s first-half numbers are very good.
After backing up Al Montoya in last year’s World Juniors, Schneider is expected to be the Team USA’s starting goaltender. He positional play between the pipes, combined with a cool demeanour, ability to perform under pressure and quick reflexes, make him one of the top goaltenders in the tournament. The Americans are holding a pre-tournament camp in Victoria, BC, and Schneider looked outstanding in an evening practice session, letting very few shots get past him.
This will be Schneider’s first trip to the city of Vancouver, and the first opportunity many Canucks fans have to see him play in person. He says he is looking forward to being able to showcase his skills in front of the Canucks brass.
HF: How confident are you that you will be the starting goaltender in this tournament?
CS: You know, Coach [Walt] Kyle hasn’t said anything yet, so I can’t be overly confident that I’m going to be the guy. I’m just going to play hard in practice and hopefully in scrimmages as well. Maybe that and based on my experience from being here last year. But right now he hasn’t said anything and if it