According to The Salem News, ex-New Jersey Devils goaltender, Cory Schneider, has retired.
“I’m at peace with it,” Schneider told The Salem News. “I’ll miss my teammates and the intensity of playing, but it’s the right time for me.
“If you had told me as a Marblehead High freshman that I’d play 16 years of professional hockey, I would’ve laughed in your face.”
A former first-round draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks in 2006, Schneider played 13 years in the NHL. The Marblehead, Massachusetts native got his first taste of the NHL in 2008-09 and 2009-10 playing a combined 10 games between the two seasons. However, it wasn’t until the 2010-11 season that Schneider made his mark on the NHL, winning the William M. Jennings Award in tandem with Hall-of-Famer Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks traded Schneider to the Devils on June 30th, 2013 in exchange for New Jersey’s first-round pick at the 2013 NHL Draft. As a result, that selection turned into Bo Horvat. The former Devils goaltender went on to play in seven seasons for New Jersey. Although the Devils failed to compete much in his tenure, many considered Schneider in his tenure the best goaltender New Jersey had since Martin Brodeur.
Across seven seasons with the Devils, Schneider accumulated a 115-133-50 record. In that span, Schneider accrued a .915 SV% and a 2.50 GAA. At the end of his Devils tenure, the Devils waived Schneider on October 8th, 2020. Schneider returned to the NHL over a year later when the New York Islanders signed him to be their third-string goaltender.
The 37-year-old netminder ended his career with 410 games played in the NHL, totaling a 171-159-58-26 record. He has a career .918 SV% and 2.43 GAA.
In addition to winning the William M. Jennings Award, Schneider was named an All-Star for the 2015-16 season. In 2013-14, Schneider recorded the most shutouts in the NHL that season with five.
Upon his retirement, Schneider told The Salem News this about the Devils organization:
“New Jersey was a great place for my family and I,” said Schneider. “My kids were both born there, I had some great teammates, and it was a terrific place to play.
“(Current Devils star) Jack Hughes stayed with my family during the 2019-20 season after he was drafted No. 1 overall, and I remember realizing he was actually closer in age to my son at the time than he was to me, his teammate.”
The former Devils goaltender didn’t get into what comes next for him. Following in the footsteps of former NHLers, Schneider has done work on TV for both NHL Network and NBC Sports. Eventually, that may be of interest to him again in the future.
Schneider noted some of his lifelong friends were, in fact, made in New Jersey. Those names include former Devils Andy Greene, Brian Boyle, Kyle Palmieri, and Adam Henrique.