Mathieu Schneider

Mathieu Schneider began his NHL career after being signed by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He played the majority of the 1987-88 season on the Cornwall Royals, and was a member of the United States team in the Junior World Championships. He split the following 1988-89 season between the Canadiens and their AHL affiliate in Sherbrooke.

Schneider earned a full-time spot on the Canadiens’ roster in 1990 and won the Stanley Cup in 1993. The following season, he led team defense in scoring.

During the 1994–95 Season, Schneider was traded to the New York Islanders. He appeared in the 1996 NHL All-Star Game and was a member of 1996 World Champion Team USA. He was later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for three players and a first round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1998, Schneider returned to his hometown New York to play for the Rangers. After two seasons, Schneider signed with the Los Angeles Kings. His first season with Los Angeles saw his highest scoring since 1993-94. He was traded to the  Detroit Red Wings for two players and two draft picks in late 2003.

He played his 1,000th NHL game during the 2005-06 Season.

The following year, Schneider signed with the Anaheim Ducks. He was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, and returned to the Canadiens in 2009. In March 2010, he was traded to the Coyotes before he officially retired at the end of 2010.

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Schneider became involved with the National Hockey League Players' Association as a special assistant.  His first significant project with the NHLPA has been adjustments to the head-shot and boarding rules, alongside Brendan Shanahan.