Cory Franklin Schneider
Born March 18, 1986 (age 25) in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
Goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks
Even the backup goalies need some love, and this one’s been getting a lot lately. Cory began playing hockey at the ripe old age of six with his older brother Geoff, though he didn’t become a goaltender permanently till he was 11 because the team rotated every position. He spent his freshman year of high school at Marblehead High School before moving up to Philips Academy, where he also played baseball and maintained good grades. During his senior year at Philips, he also played with the National Team Development Program on their U-18 team as well as their NAHL team. He was drafted by the Canucks in 2004, but when it came time to choose between going to college or heading to the junior leagues, he chose Boston College. There he majored in finance while helping BC win two Hockey East championships and make two Frozen Four appearances in his three years with the Eagles. He then gave up his senior year to head to the pros, where he played his first year solely with the awesomely named Manitoba Moose.
He started off that year with the Moose badly, but after a private talk with the coach, he stepped up his game and became their starting goalie. When the 2008-09 season started, he was still in Manitoba until Roberto Luongo was injured…but he was benched for two games as backup to Curtis Sanford. Finally, he made his debut on November 29, 2008 and made 28 saves even though it was a loss. Six days later, he got his first win against the Minnestota Wild. But his stay in Vancouver was short, because the Canucks traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jason LaBarbera, so back to the Moose he went. He helped them get to the 2009 Calder Cup finals before losing to the Hershey Bears.
Another season (2009-10), another training camp, and he was still with the Moose till he was called to be Andrew Raycroft’s backup after Luongo fractured some ribs. After two weeks and one start, he went back to the Moose and helped them get to the 2010 playoffs before they were eliminated by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Finally, in 2010, he signed a two-year deal with the Canucks and became Luongo’s backup. He just squeaked in the minimum required starts to be considered part of the goaltending tandem for the Jennings Trophy, and of course he and Luongo won that this year.
This year is giving him quite a lot of ice time with Bobby Lu being injured. But even after he came back, Cory kept starting, even racking up back-to-back shutouts and being named Second Star of the Week on November 28. The starts are fueling rumors about Luongo, but it hasn’t bothered Cory. Will the guy fans nicknamed “Ginger Jesus” get more starts than Luongo this year? You never know.