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VIDEO: Cory Schneider at Team USA Olympic orientation camp
Cory Schneider doesn't have to worry about the Vancouver Canucks, but he'll still have to fight for his right... to play.
Not only does he enter this 2013/14 NHL season behind Martin Brodeur – often casually referred as the greatest goalie of all-time – but he's also trying out for Team USA... along with Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard, and Craig Anderson.
"It's pretty amazing where goaltending in the U.S. has come in the past five-to-10 years," Schneider said on Tuesday, from Team USA's Olympic orientation camp. "Obviously, the least Olympics, Vezina winner's – Ryan Miller and Tim Thomas – and Jonathan Quick was the third guy.
"There's a lot of great American goalies... It's great to see and I'm really honoured to be here and be a part of that group, but obviously you'll have to play really well."
Wherever he goes, the tougher it gets. (Although, he was celebrating a little this summer.)
Still, Schneider was all smiles on Tuesday in his interview with NHL Network host E.J. Hradek.
"A lot of these guys, I've kinda played with growing up... so it's great to kind of get back in touch with these guys and meet some of these younger guys who've come up after," he said. "27 (years old), you feel like you're one of the older guys here, so it's good to get to know some of these guys and put some named to faces."
Unlike a lot of players on Team Canada – who seem to range from several years and varied backgrounds, including several different development camps around the country or around North America – this year's and 2010's USA squad have largely followed the same channels to make the NHL.
They're all familiar to one another – at World Juniors, Olympics, or U-18 camps – and camps like this week's only strengthen that bond for years to come.
"That brings everyone together a little more quickly and guys are really familiar with one another," Schneider said.