Cory Schneider excelled at every level of hockey before joining the Canucks. He's shown great on-ice skills as well as strong leadership.
Matt Roman wrote about Schneider's early achievements for CBS College Sports back in 2004, as he embarked on his career at Boston College.
During his high school years at Phillips Andover, Schneider was a two time All-New England selection. In his senior year, he was voted team captain and led his team to the New England Prep School semi-finals with a record of 17-5 and a .960 save percentage.
He also won gold at the Under-18 World Cup in Slovakia in 2003 and silver at the Under-18 World Championship in Belarus in 2004. He played for Team USA in the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships and was named to the senior team for the 2007 World Championships, although he did not play.
Schneider's three years at Boston College were littered with awards and achievements. The Eagles reached the NCAA final in 2006 and 2007.
After his junior year, Schneider signed his first pro contract with the Canucks. He then spent three seasons on the farm with the Manitoba Moose. In a story on canucks.com, A.J. Atchue points out that while Schneider's early days in the AHL were rocky, some tough love helped him evolve into one of the top talents in the league:
Coach Arniel was one of the first guys to sit me down, look me in the eye, and tell me I wasn't good enough, something that I hadn't really heard a lot growing up. Sometimes it's something you need to hear.
Schneider's long stay in Manitoba was largely due to Roberto Luongo's desire to shoulder most of the load for the Canucks. By staying in the AHL, Schneider was able to get more playing time and develop more completely.
His peak achievement with the Moose was in his second year, when he led them to the 2009 Calder Cup Final.