Canuck goalie Cory Schneider, like an up and coming stage actor, knows the value of waiting in the wings.
The Boston-area native is having a breakout year as the understudy to Canuck first-string goalie Roberto Luongo. He has a gaudy 10-3-2 win/loss record, a .229 GOA and a .924 – numbers that a scarily similar to Luongo’s.
His post-game interview Saturday night on Hockey Night In Canada revealed a very intelligent (he has a finance degree in hand from Boston College), funny (he did a dead-on impression of Danish teammate Jannik Hansen) and confidence (he knows now that if he doesn’t displace Luongo next year, he will be suiting up for one of many teams interested in his services).
The notion of displacing Luongo isn’t so far-fetched. This year’s playoffs will be critical to Luongo’s establishing himself with Canucks fans who are less concerned with regular season stats than with his playoff stats that will propel the team far into this spring’s playoffs.
Schneider has apparently endeared himself to his teammates, says team GM Mike Gillis, who commented on a local radio show last week that he is a very upbeat, positive influence in the dressing room around the players. “He’s always so happy when he comes into the room – the players appreciate his cheery presence around the team,” said Gillis.
Schneider appears to be ready for the lead role on stage once “The Cory Schneider Show” makes it to the Broadway that the NHL is to a hockey player.