Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mathieu Schneider
In the talent rich draft of 1987, Mathieu Schneider watched the first two rounds go by as future stars such as Pierre Turgeon, Brendan Shanahan, Joe Sakic, and John LeClair were selected, until, finally, the Montreal Canadiens drafted Schneider 44th overall.

The 1987-88 season was a busy one for Schneider. He played with the OHL's Cornwall Royals for his second season while also playing for the United States in the World Junior Championships in 1988. He also joined the Canadiens for a brief stint in the NHL. He spent the next season with the Royals before splitting time with the Habs and their AHL affiliate in Sherbrooke for the 1989-90 campaign.

Schneider was called up to Montreal for good in 1990 where he became a solid defenceman leading the Habs blueliners in points, with 30. He later became a part of the team's 1992-93 Stanley Cup victory. He enjoyed his time in Montreal until 1995 when he was traded to the New York Islanders. After parts of two seasons with the Islanders, Schneider was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the latter stages of the 1995-96 season. For the year, he reached a career high in points with both teams collecting 54 points in 78 games.

After winning the inaugural World Cup as a member of Team USA, Schneider moved on from the Leafs and went back to his hometown New York, this time to play on Broadway with the Rangers. After two seasons with the Rangers, Schneider moved out West, signing with the Los Angeles Kings. Schneider's scoring touch returned as he collected 51 points as he fit right in to the Kings' power play. Schneider spent parts of the next two seasons with the Kings before he was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season.

A three-time Olympian (1998, 2002, 2006), Schneider surpassed 1000 games played during the 2005-06 season and would compete in his 100th career postseason game with the Red Wings in 2006-07. During that postseason Schneider broke his wrist in Game 5 of the Conference Semi Finals. Over 3 seasons with the Red Wings, Schnieder continued to prove himself as one of the premier offensive defensemen in the NHL.

In the summer of 2007, the Anaheim Ducks signed Mathieu Schneider as the club was looking to fill a hole on defense due to the possible retirement of captain Scott Niedermayer. Schneider remained with the club through the 2007-08 NHL regular season, appearing in 65 games and registering 39 points. However with the return of Niedermayer, Mathieu Schneider was placed on waivers. The veteran defenseman cleared waivers and the Ducks later traded him to the Atlanta Thrashers for blue-liner Ken Klee and wingers Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.

Schneider's stint in Atlanta was short lived. After just 44 games in Atlanta, the former Canadiens draft pick returned to Montreal for a second-round pick in 2009 and a third-round pick in 2010.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, the veteran defender was on the move again, this time sent to the Phoenix Coyotes.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 19 3 27 30
1986-87 Cornwall Royals OHL 63 7 29 36 75 5 0 0 0 22
1987-88 Cornwall Royals OHL 48 21 40 61 83 11 2 6 8 14
1987-88 United States WJC-A 7 0 2 2 16
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 3 0 3 3 12
1988-89 Cornwall Royals OHL 59 16 57 73 96 18 7 20 27 30
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 7 14 21 25 +2 9 1 3 4 31
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 28 6 13 19 20
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 3 0 1 1 12
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 10 20 30 63 +7 13 2 7 9 18
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 8 24 32 72 +10 10 1 4 5 6
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 13 31 44 91 +8 11 1 2 3 16
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 20 32 52 62 +15 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 5 15 20 49 -3
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 13 3 6 9 30 -5
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 65 11 36 47 93 -18
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 2 5 7 10 -2 6 0 4 4 8
1996-97 United States W-Cup 7 2 0 2 8
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 5 7 12 20 +3
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 11 26 37 44 -12
1997-98 United States Olympics 4 0 0 0 6
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 75 10 24 34 71 -19
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 20 30 78 -6
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 16 35 51 56 0 13 0 9 9 10
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 7 23 30 68 +3 7 0 1 1 18
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 14 29 43 57 0
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 5 7 16 +2 4 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 14 32 46 56 +22 12 1 2 3 8
2004-05 United States W-Cup
2004-05
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 21 38 59 86 +33 6 1 7 8 6
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 1 2 3 16 0
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 11 41 52 66 +12 11 2 4 6 16
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 12 27 39 50 +22 6 1 0 1 8
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 44 4 11 15 50 -10
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 5 12 17 14 -2 2 0 0 0 4
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 2 3 5 12 0
2009-10 Manitoba Moose AHL 8 3 2 5 8 -5
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 0 4 4 4 +5 3 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 1289 223 520 743 1245 114 11 43 54 155


OHL First All-Star Team (1988, 1989) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 2003) Traded to NY Islanders by Montreal with Kirk Muller and Craig Darby for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov, April 5, 1995. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with Wendel Clark and D.J. Smith for Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty, Kenny Jonsson and Toronto's 1st round choice (Roberto Luongo) in 1997 Entry Draft, March 13, 1996.
Missed majority of 1996-97 due to groin injury vs. St. Louis, December 27, 1996. Rights traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for Alexander Karpovtsev and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Mirko Murovic) in 1999 Entry Draft, October 14, 1998. Claimed by Columbus from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 14, 2000. Traded to Detroit by Los Angeles for Sean Avery, Maxim Kuznetsov, Detroit's 1st round choice (Jeff Tambellini) in 2003 Entry Draft and Detroit's 2nd round choice (later traded to Boston - Boston selected Martins Karsums) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 1, 2007. Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud, September 26, 2008. Traded to Montreal by Atlanta with Atlanta's 3rd round choice (Joonas Nattinen) in 2009 Entry Draft for Anaheim's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Jeremy Morin) in 2009 Entry Draft and Montreal's 3rd round choice (Julian Melchiori) in 2010 Entry Draft, February 16, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 28, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Vancouver for Sean Zimmerman and Phoenix's 6th round choice (Alex Friesen) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to shoulder surgery, September 23, 2009 and for personal reasons.