Roberto Luongo has been spending the off-season (allegedly) letting everyone know that he’s a quick-witted and funny guy through his (alleged) twitter account. Combine that with the rumours that he has (allegedly) been traded to Toronto and you end up with a lot of Canucks fans who are suddenly (and allegedly) sad that Luongo might be leaving Vancouver. We only just now are finding out what a goofball he is and now he might be taking his talents to Sunnyside Beach.
It’s like people suddenly forgot that the Canucks’ other really good goaltender also has a great sense of humour and is an all-around nice guy. Thankfully, Cory Schneider stepped up to remind everyone that he is also a good dude by being his normal charming self during a day spent with a contest winner and his family. The contest ran through Panini America, who make trading cards, and the winner was a young man named David Almeida, who is a pretty big fan.
A fan of cards, that is. David Almeida is from Boston, so it’s not overly likely that he’s a Canucks fan. The video of the day is a little dry at times, but it definitely has its high points.
The video kicks off with Schneider meeting David outside his house. My favourite part: Schneider tries to introduce his girlfriend to David and he just walks away. No word on whether Schneider’s girlfriend proceeded to flip David the bird causing him to tell Schneider to control his broad.
Waiting on the porch are David’s friends/family, with a couple decked out in Bruins jerseys. Schneider tries to be nice to them, but they all just laugh at him mockingly. Or maybe they’re laughing with him. Hard to tell.
The Boston College sweater cake is awesome. Schneider was phenomenal for Boston College and was a first team All-American in 2006, but I have to say that I prefer delicious cake to Cory Schneider. Cake wins.
The picture Schneider signs for everyone is, unfortunately, of Schneider handling the puck outside his crease. At the very least, Schneider’s self-aware, joking “Did I turn it over right after that?” The answer is yes, Cory.
I can forgive Schneider for invoking ’94 when he talked about his love of Mike Richter growing up. But only just barely. At least he didn’t mention Messier.
Schneider has a business degree and admits to loving “numbers and math.” NERD ALERT.
Alex Bolduc is evidently Schneider’s best friend in hockey, which makes it a bit sad that he isn’t on the Canucks any more. Then I think about the times that I watched Bolduc play for the Canucks and suddenly I’m not sad at all.
As for his best friends on the Canucks, Schneider rattles off all the Americans – Higgins, Alberts, and Kesler – except for David Booth. RIFT! RIFT IN THE ROOM! EVERYONE PANIC!
Oh and Keith Ballard’s American too. Right. Cancel the panic, he was just naming a few of his closest buddies rather than asserting his patriotism.
Turns out that Schneider’s music taste is defined entirely by his girlfriend, Jill, who downloads all of the music for Schneider’s iPod. Incidentally, Jill, and this is a complete coincidence, I happen to have a demo CD here for my band…
They spend a few minutes opening packs of cards (aka. busting packs, which sounds way more badass), which brought me back to my days of collecting hockey cards. Those were actually my first real connections with the Canucks. Not many games were televised when I was a kid and there was no internet to look up players and their stats, so the moments when I would get a Canuck in a pack of cards were pretty much all I had. I remember lining up cards next to each other and comparing the stats on the back with each other, even though I had no clue what some of them meant. “PIM” was a mystery for a long time when I was a kid.
Also a mystery when I was a kid: “Indian Red” crayons. I couldn’t figure out why they were brown.
They then hit the streets for a quick game of road hockey and Schneider shows off a pretty lethal wristshot. I think the Canucks need to take a page from Mighty Ducks 2 next season and set up the knuckle puck for Schneider. At the very least, it would be awesome to hear Todd McLellan shout out “THE GOALIE!” when he figured out what was happening.
Almeida on Schneider: “He’s just an all-around good guy, even though he’s from Vancouver.” Oh…you…I oughta…
Wait, I’m from Chilliwack, why am I getting upset about that?
One reason to be concerned about Schneider potentially being the number one goalie for the Canucks next season: he’s getting beat by kids during the off-season. Kids who are mediocre hockey players at best.
Schneider apparently pulled his own card from a pack in the local card store where he spent part of the day signing autographs. That must have been a little surreal.
The only time the camera was actually steady for any length of time during that video was when the Panini logo was in frame. The camera man knows who signs his paycheques, apparently.
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