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Mathieu Schneider
Born June 12, 1969 (1969-06-12) (age 41),

New York City, NY, USA

Height

Weight

5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)

Position Defense
Shoots Left

Mathieu Schneider (born June 12, 1969 in New York City, New York) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. Schneider is known as an offensive defenseman and has played with ten teams during his NHL career. He won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Montreal Canadiens.


Early yearsEdit

Schneider, who is Jewish,[1] was born in Manhattan, New York, the first of two sons born to Jewish American parents Sam and Aline. Schneider lived with his family throughout the state of New Jersey until moving to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, for his high school years. In Woonsocket, Schneider attended high school at Mount Saint Charles Academy. Under the tutelage of coach Normand "Bill" Belisle, Schneider and his team won three of the school’s 26 straight Rhode Island state hockey championships. He left Mount Saint Charles after his junior year and joined the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Drafted in the third round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens, Schneider was the Canadiens' fourth pick (after forwards Andrew Cassels and John LeClair, and fellow defenseman Éric Desjardins). He played his first NHL game a few months later when he suited up on 1987–88 opening night against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, after four games, he was sent back to his junior team (Cornwall Royals) for the rest of the season. He would spend the entirety of 1988–89 with Cornwall before splitting the next season between Montreal and their American Hockey League farm team, the Sherbrooke Canadiens. After being promoted to the Canadiens, he scored seven goals and 21 points in 44 games with Montreal.

Schneider earned a full-time NHL roster spot in the 1990–91 season and, two years later, he won the 1993 Stanley Cup with the Canadiens, defeating Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Following his Stanley Cup victory, Schneider broke out with 52 points in 1993–94, topping all team defencemen.

During the 1994–95 sesaon, Schneider was traded to the New York Islanders finishing the season with 29 points in 43 games between the two clubs. In 1995-96, he recorded 47 points in 65 games with the Islanders and appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game (1996), before being traded in March 1996 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for three players and a first round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (eventually Roberto Luongo).[2] He finished the year with 54 points in 78 games between the two clubs.

Prior to the 1996–97 season, Schneider was a member of the 1996 World Cup champion Team USA squad. It was his high point for the season as he suffered a serious groin injury and was lost for the majority of the season, playing only 26 games.[2] He returned to the Leafs from his injury the following season and tallied 37 points in 76 games. He was a contract-hold out as a restricted free agent prior to the 1998–99 season, reportedly seeking a $3.3 million salary with the Maple Leafs. Consequently, a few games into the season, the Maple Leafs traded him to the New York Rangers where he then signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract. Born in Manhattan, Schneider stated his excitement to be playing for his hometown team.[3] In two seasons with the Rangers he accumulated 34, then 30 points.

Schneider was left unprotected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft and he was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[4] However, he was never signed by the Blue Jackets and, less than a month later, Schneider signed with the Los Angeles Kings.[5] In his first season with the Kings, Schneider tallied 51 points in 73 games, his highest total since his 52-point season with the Canadiens in 1993–94. As the Kings played into the second round of the 2001 playoffs, Schneider matched a career-high 9 points in 13 playoff games.

After appearing in his second All-Star Game in 2003, Schneider was dealt at the trade deadline to the Detroit Red Wings for two players and two draft picks. The Kings had shopped Schneider around as he was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The prospect of re-signing him was unlikely due to the emergence of offensive-minded defencemen Joe Corvo and Ľubomír Višňovský.[6] Although the Red Wings had traded for Schneider as a rental player to bolster their Stanley Cup run, they were upset in the first round by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Schneider finished the season with 16 goals and 50 points between the Kings and Red Wings.

Schneider was re-signed by Detroit in the off-season to a two-year deal[7] and he eventually played another three seasons with the Red Wings that included a career-high 21 goals and 59 points in 2005–06. He played his 1,000th NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks on October 21 of that same season and scored his 200th NHL goal on March 6, 2007, against the Nashville Predators.[8][9]

After the 2006–07 season, Schneider became a unrestricted free agent and he signed a two-year, $11.25 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks had pursued Schneider in lieu of Norris Trophy-winner and team captain Scott Niedermayer's expected retirement (although Niedermayer returned to the Ducks later in the season).[10][11] By signing with the Ducks, he missed a chance for another Stanley Cup, arriving in Anaheim the same year that Detroit won the 2008 Stanley Cup championship and a year after the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup victory. Schneider did not debut with the Ducks until a couple months into the season, as he sustained a broken ankle in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Kings.[12] In his only season with the Ducks, he tallied 39 points in 65 games, second among Ducks' defensemen.[13]

As the 2008–09 season approached, the Ducks looked to free up cap space in order to re-sign Teemu Selänne. With All-Star defencemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer ahead of him on the depth chart, Schneider was placed on waivers, but cleared.[14] The Ducks instead traded him to the Atlanta Thrashers on September 26, 2008, in exchange for three players.[15] However, Schneider did not remain with the Thrashers for the whole season. He was traded back to the Montreal Canadiens in February 2009 for two draft choices.

On August 28, 2009, the Vancouver Canucks signed Schnieder to a one-year, $1.55 million contract. The deal included a $1 million signing bonus (making his base salary $550,000), dispersed throughout the season over four equal payments.[16] After having undergone off-season shoulder surgery, Schneider missed the first 10 games of the 2009–10 season and made his Canucks debut on October 25 in a 2–0 win against the Edmonton Oilers.[17] He has been playing primarily as a depth defenceman and on December 20, he left the team due to a reported dispute about his playing time. Since his debut for the Canucks, he has been healthy scratched 11 times in 28 games. The Canucks have explained his absence as a "personal matter", while general manager Mike Gillis has reportedly begun trying to trade Schneider.[18]

On December 29, 2009, Schneider was waived by the Vancouver Canucks.[19] After clearing waivers, he reported to the Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose on January 2, 2010.[20]

On March 3, 2010, Schneider was traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the Phoenix Coyotes.

International playEdit

Schneider first played for the United States in the 1988 World Junior Championships, tallying 2 assists as the U.S. finished in sixth place.

He made his senior international debut at the 1996 World Cup, where the U.S. won the tournament in a three-game final over Canada. Schneider scored 2 goals in 7 games.

Two years later, he was selected to join the U.S. team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. He failed to register a point as the U.S. finished a disappointing sixth.

A serious groin/abdominal injury kept Schneider from consideration for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and, although he was chosen to his second World Cup tournament in 2004, he pulled out of the games due to a lack of insurance (he was not signed to an NHL team that summer).[citation needed]

In December 2005, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Despite a two-point performance from Schneider in the quarter-finals, the U.S. was eliminated by Finland.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Mathieu Schneider and his wife Shannon have 4 children, Mathieu Jr., Abigail, Micah, and Ella. During his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings, they resided in Manhattan Beach, California. Schneider is also one of a handful of Jewish players in the NHL.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Cornwall Royals OHL 63 7 29 36 75 5 0 0 0 22
1987–88 Cornwall Royals OHL 48 21 40 61 83 11 2 6 8 14
1987–88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 3 0 3 3 12
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 2
1988–89 Cornwall Royals OHL 59 16 57 73 96 18 7 20 27 30
1989–90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 28 6 13 19 20
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 7 14 21 25 9 1 3 4 31
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 10 20 30 63 13 2 7 9 18
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 8 24 32 72 10 1 4 5 6
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 13 31 44 91 11 1 2 3 16
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 20 32 52 62 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 5 15 20 49
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 13 3 5 8 30
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 65 11 36 47 93
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 2 5 7 10 6 0 4 4 8
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 5 7 12 20
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 11 26 37 44
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 75 10 24 34 71
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 20 30 78
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 16 35 51 56 13 0 9 9 10
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 7 23 30 68 7 0 1 1 18
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 14 29 43 57
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 5 7 16 4 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 14 32 46 56 12 1 2 3 8
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 21 38 59 86 6 1 7 8 6
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 11 41 52 66 11 2 4 6 16
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 12 27 39 50 6 1 0 1 8
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 41 4 11 15 53
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 5 12 17 14 2 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 2 3 5 12
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 8 3 2 5 8
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 0 4 4 4 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 1289 223 520 743 1245 116 12 43 54 155

AwardsEdit

  • Played in OHL All-Star Game in 1988 and 1989
  • Won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993
  • Won the World Cup with Team USA in 1996
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1996 and 2003

TransactionsEdit

  • 1987 NHL Entry Draft - Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 44th overall.
  • April 5, 1995 - Traded by the Montreal Canadiens, along with Kirk Muller and Craig Darby, to the New York Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov.
  • March 13, 1996 - Traded by the New York Islanders, along with Wendel Clark and D.J. Smith, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty, Kenny Jönsson and Toronto's first-round draft choice (Roberto Luongo) in 1997.
  • October 14, 1998 - Rights traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the New York Rangers in exchange for Alexander Karpovtsev and New York's fourth-round draft choice in 1999; signs one-year, $2.75 million contract with the New York Rangers.
  • June 23, 2000 - Claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.
  • August 14, 2000 - Signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings.
  • March 11, 2003 - Traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Sean Avery, Maxim Kuznetsov, Detroit's 2003 first-round draft choice and Detroit's 2004 second-round draft choice.
  • July 1, 2007 - Signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks to a two-year, $11.25 million contract.
  • September 26, 2008 - Traded by the Anaheim Ducks to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.
  • February 16, 2009 - Traded by the Atlanta Thrashers to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Montreal's second-round draft choice in 2009 and third-round draft choice in 2010.[23]
  • August 28, 2009 - Signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
  • March 3, 2010 - Traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Sean Zimmerman and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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