We asked Cory Schneider to share some details with us from the road - and he didn't disappoint. Cory gives us the insider's perspective on the Canucks road trip.
The last time I wrote a blog, it was training camp (sorry it’s been so long!) and I talked about how all the guys were starting to come together and get familiar – both the Vancouver and Manitoba guys. Now, I’m really seeing how that is coming to life.
Having been with the Moose for most of the year, obviously I got to know them really well but now I’m in a new room and while I’ve been here before, it’s different. The other times I’ve been here is either in the summer or during pre-season and that atmosphere is not the same as during the season with everybody around… and it’s great.
I can try to dodge the subject… but I won’t – it’s been two weeks since my first NHL game so I’ll try to recall it again for you. It’s not that I don’t remember – trust me I won’t forget – but it was all very fast. Everything at this level is really fast and it’s definitely the biggest adjustment I’ve had to make from the AHL to here.
The game in Calgary was the most fun I’ve had playing hockey. It was, of course, a little nerve wracking but once I got into it, I just had fun. The best part was playing in front of a loud crowd on Hockey Night in Canada – what an amazing stage for my first game. The Calgary fans were great, even though they were cheering against us. The worst part is definitely giving up any goals because it felt like I was letting my teammates down.
I was happy that I got more starts on the road trip and earning my first win is an unbelievable feeling but I have to say that my teammates helped me a lot. I couldn’t do it without them.
Right now, I’m just getting the experience and learning something every night and I hope to continue to improve on that. I’ve been really privileged that Ian Clark’s been around and I’ve been able to get in some sessions with him. It’s unbelievable how some extra time with him has helped me so much. I’m really able to work on controlling rebounds and learning how to deal with traffic, tips and everything that’s different at this level. I mean having Roberto and Curtis around doesn’t hurt either.
It’s been a long road trip so it’s nice to be back in Vancouver, if only for a couple of days. I know a lot of players have probably said this before but the travel between an NHL team and an AHL team is very different.
The best part is no question the transportation. We have to bus everywhere with the Moose and because you’re in so many cities, you begin to lose track of days and where you are. It can definitely be draining.
Being on a plane doesn’t make it any less tiring but it’s definitely a luxury for me compared to the bus that I’ve grown accustomed to. I’m not much of a card player so I usually stay in my seat and either read, listen to music, or watch the movie that’s playing.
Being in Vancouver is also nice because I get to leave the minus-40 degree weather for a while and it’s much milder here than in Winnipeg. Vancouver seems like such a diverse and active city with so much to do, it’s fun to be part of it right now.
I’m going to try to enjoy as much of it right now as I can with a rare day off before we travel to Edmonton.