Cory Schneider receives Devils' King Clancy nomination for second straight season. (Photo: Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils are proud to announce their nomination of goaltender Cory Schneider
for the 2015 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually “to the player in the League that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
Schneider, 29, just completed his fifth full NHL season, and his second with the Devils. Schneider devotes time to charities such as the Liberty Humane Society Shelter (Jersey City, NJ), various team-related initiatives, Hockey in Newark, Make-A-Wish New Jersey, and the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, which answers the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children.
Schneider has dedicated his off time to the Liberty Humane Society, where he and his wife Jill meet with pet shelter volunteers to raise money and awareness for the program. LHS helps support the local municipalities of Jersey City, Bayonne and Hoboken. In addition to volunteering, they also personally house animals before placement. The Schneiders also recently recruited teammates Adam Henrique and Andy Greene to support the cause by joining a charity autograph signing and interview session.
Locally, Schneider takes part in the Devils’ annual community visits. This year, Schneider headed to Newark’s Ironbound Rink to meet with players from the Hockey in Newark program, which inspires youth to develop life skills, succeed academically and create positive relationships through hockey.
He has also joined the club’s annual hospital visit program and helps honor the New Jersey High School Players of the Month/Year by meeting winners and presenting an award plaque prior to a Devils’ home game. He, along with the rest of his teammates, is also involved with the team/NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative by participating in a mystery puck signing and wearing HFC gear. Jill also helped by joining other players’ wives/girlfriends in selling HFC t-shirts during the club’s Awareness Night in November.
The Schneiders also nominated World War II veteran, and family friend Philip McGonagle for the team’s Heroes Among Us program - which honors military personnel during Devils’ home games. Mr. McGonagle served for over three years in military hospitals for the U.S. Army and was stationed in North Africa and Southeast Asia.
In recent seasons, Schneider met one-on-one with Kameron Seguin, a nine-year-old with congenital amyoplasia. Kameron was welcomed at a Devils’ practice by the team and coaching staff, and treated to lounge seats for a Devils’ game at Prudential Center.
Through Make-A-Wish, Schneider helped support Steven Schapiro two seasons ago in his battle against cancer. After meeting Schneider at a Devils’ practice, Schapiro participated in an on-ice session with Devils’ alumni Bruce Driver and Jim Dowd.
Schneider, a native of Marblehead, Mass., also maintains close ties to the Boston area, where he remains actively involved.
Schneider has supported the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund, an extension of One Fund Boston, in honor of their friend and those affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Schneider also contributed to the Hope Rises Relief Fund, set up to help pay for the victims’ medical costs and to support victims’ families of the Aurora, Colo., shootings.
In his second season with the Devils, Schneider posted the fifth-best save percentage in the NHL (.925), the ninth-best (tie) goals-against average (2.26) and ranked fourth with a career-high 69 games played.
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