Cory Schneider Heads to Switzerland and More Vancouver Canucks News from Europe

November 29th, 2012 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
It looks like Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider isn't holding his breath for the NHL and its players to reach an agreement on their CBA anytime soon.

Throughout the autumn, the Boston College finance major has been actively involved in the negotiations and has been holding out hope that a deal would happen. But this week Schneider has changed course and signed with HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League. He could play his first game of the year as early as Saturday. Schneider is a dual U.S.-Swiss citizen, so the team was able to sign him as a non-import player.

Shortly before the announcement, Schneider made it clear to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun that he felt he needed some game action sooner rather than later:

I play hockey for a living. At some point, I really want to play hockey, whether it's here or abroad. I think it's more important for my career going forward to stay sharp and stay prepared and get games in because 18 months without game action is not a good thing for a goalie, or for anybody for that matter.

Before Schneider's departure, the Canucks' presence in Europe was relatively quiet. Many of the players ch ...

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