Cory Schneider meets with youth participants in Cory's Keepers.
Selected by his fellow teammates for the third straight season, the New Jersey Devils are proud to announce their nomination of goaltender Cory Schneider
for the 2016 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, 30, just completed his sixth full NHL season, and his third with the Devils. This past December, he and his wife, Jill, enacted a brand new charitable initiative with the team and Atlantic Health titled Cory’s Keepers which brought 20 different New Jersey youth or veterans’ groups to over 20 Devils home games this season.
The participants, from various community partner organizations in the area, received premium tickets to each game, courtesy of the Schneiders, plus Cory’s Keepers t-shirts, a food-and-beverage card and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Schneider after the game.
The program launched on December 6, a 4-2 Devils win over the Florida Panthers, with 20 students from Hockey in Newark and the city's East Side High School Hockey Team. To attend, students were required to meet certain performance levels both in school and in the community.
The Schneiders continue to devote their time to Liberty Humane Society Shelter (Jersey City, NJ), where they serve as pet shelter volunteers to raise money and awareness for the program. In addition to volunteering, they also personally house animals before placement. For the second straight year, Schneider and teammate Adam Henrique supported the cause by joining a charity autograph signing and interview session.
For the first time, the Devils partnered with the LHS by hosting an awareness night where LHS could bring attention to their cause and also donated the proceeds from that game’s 50-50 raffle to the organization. LHS helps support the local municipalities of Jersey City, Bayonne and Hoboken.
Selected to play in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Schneider took the opportunity to offer the crossing-guitars pads that he wore in the game for auction at the Boston Winter Ball to benefit the Corey C. Griffin Charitable Foundation. The Foundation honors the passing of Boston-native Corey Griffin and fulfills his passion of supporting children, families, and faith in partnership with leading institutions and social entrepreneurs.
Schneider also has a connection to Denna Laing, the Boston Pride (NWHL) player who suffered a serious spinal cord injury playing in the Women's Winter Classic on Dec. 31 at Gillette Stadium. He joined a group of NHL players who each pledged to donate $1,000 for every $10,000 Boston-based website Barstool Sports raised through its sales of Laing t-shirts.
In addition, Schneider had one of his All-Star jerseys signed by all the players in Nashville and one signed by his teammates in New Jersey. He sent both jerseys to help benefit the recovery fund to help Laing, who is from his hometown of Marblehead, Mass.
Schneider has also joined the club’s annual hospital visit program and has helped 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 wearing the HFC warm up jerseys which are auctioned off, 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. For the Devils’ Military Appreciation Night, his military-themed warmup jersey was also auctioned off for charity.
Throughout his time in New Jersey, Schneider continues to be involved in various team-related initiatives such as Hockey in Newark, Heroes Among Us (Devils’ program honoring the military), 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 also maintains close ties to the Boston area, where he remains actively involved.
This past summer, Schneider joined alumni from Boston College and Boston University to raise money for Compassionate Care ALS in the first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic. The event was organized by two former B.C. Eagles, in honor of those affected by ALS. Schneider joined his teammate and BC alum Stephen Gionta in lending their names to the cause. Over 3,000 people in attendance packed the former home of the B.U. Terriers men’s hockey team, as the event raised over $55,000 for ALS research.
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.
This season, Schneider ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against average (2.15) and save percentage (.924), while being a participant in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.
Devils Announce Cory’s Keepers
Newark Public Schools and Cory’s Keepers
Photos: Cory’s Keepers
Devils players to sign autographs to raise money for LHS
Pictures: Devils’ players sign autographs to raise money for LHS (libertyhumanesociety.org)
Schneider gives All-Star Pads to Charity
Corey C. Griffin Foundation
Schneider’s pledge to Denna Laing fund (NESN)
Laing injury hits home for Schneider
Compassionate Care ALS – Comm Ave Charity Classic
New Jersey Devils Hockey Fights Cancer Night
New Jersey Devils visit hospitals to spread cheer
Devils’ Insider: Cory Schneider
Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund