Cory Schneider chats, does impressions, and stands up for redheads on After Hours

After three consecutive weeks chatting up Canuck skaters, it was Cory Schneider’s turn to take the chair to the right of Scott Oake on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours, and the Red-Headed Stop Child didn’t disappoint. Schneider has earned a reputation around these parts as a well-spoken, likeable and funny guy, and he did nothing during the interview to dissuade us from such characterizations.

Dressed in what appeared to be one of Kevin Weekes’s suits, Schneider handled questions about the Canucks’ goaltending situation with the usual class and tact that we’ve come to expect from him.

But it wasn’t all business as usual. Unlike previous After Hours interviews, this one yielded a lot of new stuff. Over the course of the 22-minute interview, Schneider filled us in on some tweaks to the Canucks’ goaltending, spoke out against a certain slang term for redheads, showed off his bag of impressions, and dropped a preponderance of quality one-liners.

Here are the highlights, for the viewing impaired:

  • At the beginning of the interview, one of the Canucks mockingly yells “Nice suit”. “Who yelled that?” asks Oake. Schneider: “Somebody who’s jealous of it, obviously.”
  • Oake: “There’s nothing we can say to draw you into a goaltending controversy.” Schneider: “Even when I don’t say anything there’s a goaltending controversy, so it doesn’t matter.”
  • Is it apparent by now that Oake and PITB are besties? He gets to our question almost right away, and even acknowledges the existence Daniel by referring to us in the plural: “Our friends at Pass it to Bulis”. We asked whether or not Schneider would even want to be the Canucks’ number one, considering how this market treats Luongo, and Schneider answers with the usual tact. He makes a salient point, too, about his preference for being with a winning organization. He has to know that, if he’s traded, it will likely be to a team that doesn’t do that quite so well.
  • Schneider: “I’ve got my own little goalie quirks, but I would choose to define that as ‘routine’ and not ‘superstition’.”
  • Actual new info: last year, Rollie Melanson asked Schneider and Luongo to play deeper. This year, he’s given them a little more freedom to challenge shooters. Schneider calls this a hybrid approach. Considering all the focus on goaltending this year, it’s a wonder that this is the first we’ve heard about this.
  • Schneider, providing commentary on his diving save on Brendan Morrison: “Oops. Uh oh. Come on…. yes.”
  • Man alive, Schneider used to be a chunko. How did nobody notice the difference between then a now. I love the way he reacts to seeing a photo of his younger, chubbier self: “Had a few bee stings back then. And the hair too, I think it makes me look fatter.”
  • Oake spells out that Schneider agreed to come on the show only after establishing that he wouldn’t do any impressions. Oake then follows this up by begging Schneider to do impressions for the next five minutes.
  • Thankfully, Schneider relents, and his impressions of Alain Vigneault and Alex Burrows are excellent. He nails what makes them work: it’s not so much the inflections as it is saying things they would actually say. The Burrows impression becomes spot-on the moment he calls Henrik Sedin “‘anky”.
  • If Schneider gets into broadcasting after he retires, I hope he keeps up with the impressions. As it is, the best impressionist in the hockey media is Ray Ferraro. (Link NSFW for language.)
  • Darryl Rheaugh, with the question of the night: “You like having fun?”
  • With Cody Hodgson gone, David Booth is now the worst-dressed Canuck.
  • Alain Vigneault walks by and says, “Tell him to do Burrows.” Love that.
  • 15:00 – Time to get serious, friends. “Daniel and Henrik and myself, as redheads, we don’t really enjoy the term ginger,” Schneider says. “We’re trying to get it out of people’s vernacular.” Done. Although one wonders: since the Sedins tend to pay their teammates to say things during interviews, is Schneider acting on his own here? Or did he Schneider collect payment for this impassioned speech? It wouldn’t surprise me.
  • “Some guys are smart in school, dumb on the bus.” Amazing.
  • And finally, an epic chirp: “Kevin [Bieksa] is very articulate for a guy that went to Bowling Green.”
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27 comments

  1. Bob
    April 2, 2012

    For the AV impression it would have been hilarious to hear “Cody that’s enough ice time for you”

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  2. Abby W.
    April 2, 2012

    Yes, this After Hours did not disappoint. Almost more interesting than the game. Wait, scratch that. Definitely more interesting than the game.

    Gotta love the way that Schneids handles the media. His interviews are all class. I loved the respect he showed for Luongo whenever he was mentioned.

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  3. Brandon
    April 2, 2012

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    • akidd
      April 2, 2012

      whoa, that is intense. especially when he turns on the tough guy/bruce lee look “i’m a christian and i’m gonna f $%& you up.”

      well, after careful consideration of the two finalists for red-head spokesperson the winner is…cory schneider…by a hair.

      but seriously cory very adeptly pointed out that always commenting on someone’s appearance just ain’t nice(he looked more upset going to commercial after that segment than i’d ever seen him.)things have changed(for the better) since gilligan’s island. i’ve never used the term,”ginger” outside the kitchen and promise not to start now.

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  4. sarah
    April 2, 2012

    When Cory was asked who was the worst dressed Canuck with Cody gone, I thought they were going to ask him “with Cody gone, who is the biggest nerd on the team?”

    Based on Cory’s impressions, ability to quote movies, long-lasting baby fat, ability to rock a checked suit and plaid tie combo, let’s just say, I’d be willing to wager that he was the most excited about tuning into “Game of Thrones” last night.

    Great interview though. Charming, articulate, witty, and awesome guy. All round class act…even if he is a “loser back up”

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  5. John
    April 2, 2012

    Is that tidbit abour the “hybrid” goaltending style really new info? I could’ve sworn I heard about that near the start of the season. It was in reference to Roberto specifically, but I did read or see something about how Melanson was getting him to read the play more and use his instincts and reads to decide whether to challenge or stay deep. But I can’t, for the life of me, remember where I heard/saw that. Maybe it was some chit chat on 1040 or something.

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    • Nee
      April 2, 2012

      Yeah, I was just going to say. Lu definitely mentioned it a few months ago in an article.

      I’m too lazy to look up the article though.

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  6. invisibleairwaves
    April 2, 2012

    The best/worst part is when AV walks by and asks for the Burrows impression just as they’re rolling the replay of the Game 6 penalty shot. Oake and Rheaugh laughing uncontrollably over looping footage of Schneider writhing in agony in possibly the worst moment of his NHL career almost fulfilled the After Hours awkwardness quota in one go.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 2, 2012

      Ha. Good point.

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  7. Brent
    April 2, 2012

    enjoyed watching it again…..and reading the blog.

    Man it would be great to keep this guy, and not just for his great goaltending. Wouldn’t be fair though, you can tell by listening carefully to what he says that he REALLY wants to play more. Hope AV gives him more starts in the playoffs. It is not like it is going to hurt us.

    Was surprized at the ginger thing. I don’t think I had heard the term until the southpark episode hit the news because people were actually picking on redheads. I guess I should have figured out it was somewhat derogatory.

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    • canucks in europe
      April 3, 2012

      We used to live in the UK and they have a national obsession with pointing out “gingers” (or Gingers with a hard G). Everything a red headed kid did wrong was blamed on that particular genetic defect that manifested itself with red hair.

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  8. sean
    April 2, 2012

    i’m a redhead and I really hate the term Ginger,
    It’s not a popular one amongst redheads.
    I respect Cory for saying something about it.

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    • Kate
      April 2, 2012

      Me too on both accounts! Plus it’s inaccurate. Ginger has a tannish outside, weird yellowy inside…hmph.

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    • Nee
      April 2, 2012

      I’m going to come clean and admit I didn’t realize it was a term redheads don’t like. My bad.

      New nickname for him then (some peeps over at NM mentioned it a few months ago):

      C-WALL.

      It’s catchy and locally relevant!

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  9. hockeyispretty
    April 2, 2012

    Ginger is one of the most unpleasant things you can call someone in Britain, where (for some odd reason, don’t ask me) prejudice against redheads (men much more than women) is almost at the intensity of racism. It’s often pronounced to rhyme with “singer” because that suggests the word “minger” which means someone dirty, filthy, nasty.

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  10. hockeyispretty
    April 2, 2012

    Darryl Rheaugh also had the runner-up question of the night: “How is your puck handling coming?” Pleaaaaase let us play the Stars in the playoffs… I love him and that other guy who commentate (comment? commend?) for them!

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    • invisibleairwaves
      April 2, 2012

      I thought Schneider’s answer to that question was pretty interesting. If his questionable puck-handling decisions are really just a result of rust due to his infrequent starts, it bodes well for the team if he does end up with the starter’s job here, playing more often than not.

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  11. Nuks
    April 2, 2012

    Im 100% suer that was Raymond that yelled “Nice Suit”!!

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  12. cathylu
    April 2, 2012

    I like Cory so much as a player and a person. I hope whatever team he ends up going to is one I sorta like because I’ll never be able to not cheer for him.

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    • Nee
      April 2, 2012

      Yup…I feel the same way. Hopefully he ends up somewhere near his parents/family in Massachusetts. (NOT Bruins!)

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      • iceman
        April 3, 2012

        NOT Hawks either!

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      • canucks in europe
        April 3, 2012

        Not Toronto…but wouldn’t Burkie love to have him when you consider the fiasco that is Reimer and Gustavson?

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  13. tom selleck's moustache
    April 2, 2012

    Schneider’s impression of Burrows is AWESOME; I was howling when I first heard it. Agreed that Cory makes such a great interview. I really would hate to see him go as he seems like such a class act and stand up fellow.

    Great suit too.

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  14. StevenK
    April 2, 2012

    Can we talk about the woman at 0:45 please?

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  15. SlickWilly
    April 3, 2012

    Gingers like Cory and the twins need a safe place where they can just be themselves…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_DVHUEjnuU

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  16. Britt
    April 3, 2012

    Aside from a goaltending perspective, it will be sad to see Cory go (if and when that happens). He seems like a great team guy that is very popular in the room. For a group that’s as close as the Canucks are, I wonder what losing him in the room could do to the chemistry going forward.

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  17. Rituro
    April 3, 2012

    Some thoughts after watching:

    -When asked about his goaltending role models, Cory mentions Carey Price, Jaroslav Halak and Jonas Hiller. Not sure if I should be slightly concerned or flipping the pool.

    -Scott Oake: “You’re going to be number one next year somewhere, don’t worry.” …uh, what? Look, it’s bad enough when CBC cuts to a close-up of Schneids on the bench after every flippin’ goal Luongo lets in, but assuring him he’ll be a number one “somewhere” with zero facts or authority to back it up? Stay classy, Scott Oake.

    -Finally, I submit this as Schneider’s representative quote out of context: “I’m sure a lot of guys could do me.”

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