Stefan Schneider


Vernon British Columbia

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Free agent signing, 2010


199 lbs.

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2008-09: After skating in 36 games as a defenseman for Vancouver in his first WHL season, Schneider made the transition to center when he was traded to the Portland Winterhawks in the summer of 2008. In 67 games with the Winterhawks he scored 11 goals with 5 assists and was -14 with 45 PMs. Portland finished with the WHL's second-worst record.

2009-10: Schneider was one of two players to skate in all 72 games for Portland as the Winterhawks were one of the big turnaround teams in major juniors – winning 44 games after winning just 19 the previous year. A defensive, two-way forward, Schneider scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 42 PMs. After finishing fourth in the U.S. Division, Portland reached the second round of the WHL playoffs. In 13 playoff games Schneider scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 10 PMs. Schneider signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks in March 2010.

2010-11: As a 21-year-old in his first season of pro hockey, Schneider gradually worked his way into the lineup for the AHL's Manitoba Moose. He spent some time playing defense for the Moose when injuries or call-ups left the club short. He skated in 47 games for Manitoba, missing time with a hand injury mid-season and being a healthy scratch at times in the beginning of the year. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 9 PMs. Schneider played in 3 of 14 playoff games as the Moose reached the second round and was an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties.


Talent Analysis

While not signed for his prodigious scoring abilities, Schneider has size and offers some intangibles -- first and foremost of these are his character and sportsmanship (for which he was recognized by winning the Bill Anderson award two years in the running). He was also named the team’s top defensive forward.



Playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.


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