LA Kings’ Mathieu Schneider & U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame


Former Los Angeles King Mathieu Schneider has been selected to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

He will be joined by Ron Degregorio, Chris Drury and Angela Ruggiero.

“This class is extraordinary and has had an extremely positive and wide-ranging impact on our sport,” President of USA Hockey Jim Smith said. “The members of this Class represent the very best of our sport and we look forward to welcoming them as the 43rd class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame officially in December.”

Schneider helped the Montreal Canadiens beat the LA Kings to win the 1993 Stanley Cup, according to LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen.

“[Schneider] is among the top five American defensemen all-time in the NHL in nearly every statistical category”

The former defenseman also played a role in Team USA’s success in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey as his official  USA Hockey biography states.

Apr 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings fans celebrate after the game against the San Jose Sharks in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Kings won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Schneider signed with the LA Kings in the summer of 2000 where he remained until he was traded to Detroit in 2003, according to Jon Rosen.

LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen provides fans with the stats he raked up while playing for the LA Kings:

"Schneider is tied for 63rd in Kings history with 124 points (37-87=124), recorded over 193 games. His 37 goals rank 10th all-time amongst Kings defensemen, while his 21 power play goals rank seventh. Schneider led the club in scoring with nine points (0-9=9) during the club’s run to the 2001 Western Conference Semifinals, where they fell in seven games to eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado. At the outset of the season, Los Angeles had a capable and productive back end that included Schneider, Rob Blake (who was ultimately traded to the Avalanche), Lubomir Visnovsky, Jaroslav Modry and Phillipe Boucher, amongst others.Of his nine assists in the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs, three came on Scott Thomas, Jozef Stumpel and Bryan Smolinski’s third period goals during the Game 4 comeback (and subsequent win over Detroit) that was dubbed the Frenzy on Figueroa.Schneider, who was born in New York City, currently serves as the NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. In 1,289 games with the Kings, Canadiens, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Red Wings, Ducks, Thrashers, Canucks and Coyotes, he totaled 223 goals, 520 assists and 743 points."

Congratulations on a great career, Mr. Schneider!

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