NHL Career

Drafted: In 1987, 3rd round, 44th overall (4th Canadiens pick after Andrew Cassels, John LeClair, and Eric Desjardins)
Montreal Canadiens (7 years)
Acquired via draft, June 13, 1987
Traded April 5, 1995 (with Kirk Muller and Craig Darby, for Vladimir Malakhov and Pierre Turgeon)

New York Islanders (1 year)
Acquired via trade April 5, 1995
Traded March 13, 1996 (with Wendel Clark and D.J. Smith, for Kenny Jonsson, Sean Haggerty, Darby Hendrickson and first-round draft pick- used to select Roberto Luongo)

Toronto Maple Leafs (2 years)
Acquired via trade March 13, 1996
Traded October 14, 1998 (for Alexander Karpovtsev)

New York Rangers (2 years)
Aquired via trade October 14, 1998
Selected in expansion draft June 23, 2000

Columbus Blue Jackets
Acquired via expansion draft for amatuer draft pick, June 23, 2000
Signed with Los Angeles Kings August 13, 2000

Los Angeles Kings (3 years)
Acquired free agent signing, August 13, 2000
Traded March 11, 2003 (for Maxim Kuznetsov, Sean Avery, a first round pick in 2003 and a second round pick in 2004)

Detroit Red Wings (4 years; including lock-out year)
Acquired via trade, March 11, 2003
Left via free agency, July 1, 2007

Anaheim Ducks (1 year)
Signed as a free agent, July 1, 2007
Traded September 26, 2008 (for
Ken Klee, Brad Larsen, and Chad Painchaud)
Atlanta Thrashers (under 1 year)
Acquired via trade, September 26, 2008
Traded February 16, 2009 (for a 2nd
round draft pick in 2009 and a 3rd round pick in 2010)
Montreal Canadiens (under 1 year)
Acquired via trade, February 16, 2009
Left via free agency

Vancouver Canucks (under 1 year)
Signed as a free agent, August 28, 2009
Traded March 3, 2010 (for Sean Zimmerman and a conditional 6th round draft pick 2010).
Phoenix Coyotes
Acquired via trade, March 3, 2010

Total: 11 teams, 21 seasons


  • Named to OHL All-Star first team, 1987-88 and 1988-89
  • Won Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens, 1993
  • Made All-Star debut with the Eastern Conference, 1996
  • Named alternate captain (and then interim captain) of the New York Islanders, 1996
  • Won World Cup of Hockey Championship with Team USA, 1996
  • Named to USA Olympic Team, 1998
  • Named alternate captain of the Los Angeles Kings, 2001-2003
  • Selected as Western Conference All-Star, 2003
  • Named to Team USA's World Cup of Hockey team, 2004 (couldn't play)
  • 7th in voting for the Norris Trophy, 2004
  • Named to USA Olympic Team, 2006


Sweater numbers

#18 (1987-89; 2008-2009); #8 (1990-93); #27 (1993-95; 2009); #72 (1995-1998); #25 (1998-99); #21 (1999-2000); #10 (2000-2003); #23 (2003-2007, including 2006 Winter Olympics); #5 for Team USA (World Cup and Olympics); #11 (2007-2008); #24 (2009)

Born: June 12, 1969, in New York (Manhattan), New York
Raised: West New York, New Jersey; Tom̢۪s River, New Jersey
High School: Mount Saint Charles Academy (Woonsocket, Rhode Island)
Currently Resides: Manhattan Beach, California

Family: Father, Sam and mother, Aline; brother, Jean-Alain (b.1972); wife, Shannon; two daughters, Abigail Eva (b.November 2001), and Ella Sofia (b.June 2006); four sons, Micah (b.2003), Mathieu David, Jr. (b.November 2000), Jordan (b.1995), and Christian (b.1997)

And now, for the obligatory "favorites"
  • Favorite players as a kid: Guy Lafleur and Ken Dryden
  • Favorite musical artist: Counting Crows. (Mathieu is a fan and friend of lead singer Adam Duritz; in fact, Mathieu and Shannon Schneider are thanked in Duritz's acknowledgements* on the latest Counting Crows album, Hard Candy). *special thanks to my friend- and big Counting Crows fan- Heather for noticing this
  • Favorite albums: "August and Everything After" and "Recovering the Satellites"- Counting Crows
  • Favorite actors: Harrison Ford, Chris Noth (from "Law & Order" and HBO's "Sex in the City")
  • Favorite actress: Drew Barrymore
  • Favorite food: Japanese (shrimp tempura)
  • Favorite restaurant: Nobu (NY) and Matsuhisa (LA)
  • Favorite TV show: Law & Order
  • Favorite movie: Swingers
  • Favorite book: The Firm, by John Grisham
  • Favorite magazine: Maxim
  • Favorite website: what!? Not the Unofficial Mathieu Schneider HomePage? =)
  • Favorite car: Ford Mustand GT and Mercedes S500
  • Favorite sport other than hockey: Tennis (Pete Sampras is his favorite pro athlete)
  • Favorite vacation spot: the Bahamas
  • Hobbies: tennis, boating, and tanning; "I kind of quit golf last year because it's too frustrating and takes too much time."
  • Other leisure activities: "I spend as much time as I can with my family."