Cory Schneider’s return stateside has barely begun, and the goaltender might need to pick out some Red-White-and-Blue gear to go with his freshly minted Red-and-Black New Jersey Devils duds.
Schneider was one of six goaltenders invited to the United States Men’s National Team’s Orientation Camp, which will be held in late August in Arlington, Virginia.
The camp is designed to assist in preparation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which the NHL’s players will participate in as announced last week by the league.
Team USA will likely bring three goalies to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics; the five others attending camp with Schneider are Jonathan Quick of the LA Kings, Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators and John Gibson, who backstopped the Americans to the gold medal at last year’s World Junior Championships.
A 27-year-old native of Marblehead, Schneider spent the first six years of his professional career with the Vancouver Canucks, who chose him in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft. He was traded to the Devils at the most recent NHL Draft a month ago.
Schneider, who helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and shared the William Jennings Trophy with Roberto Luongo that year, hasn’t appeared in a game for Team USA internationally since 2006, when he played in the World Junior Championships while attending Boston College.
Team USA, which will be coached by the Penguins’ Dan Bylsma, invited 48 players to the camp in all. Skaters of note include former Olympians Zach Parise, Phil Kessel and Ryan Suter as well as Massachusetts native Keith Yandle and Conn Symthe Trophy winner Patrick Kane.