Canucks prospect Schneider named top AHL goalie
Goaltender Cory Schneider of the Manitoba Moose was named the American Hockey League goaltender of the year on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Vancouver Canucks prospect won the league's Aldege (Baz) Bastien Memorial Award.
Schneider has allowed just 75 goals in 39 AHL games this season, for a league-leading 1.99 goals-against average. He is tied for first in the league with a .929 save percentage and has posted five shutouts.
The Marblehead, Mass., native was selected 26th overall by the Canucks in the 2004 NHL entry draft.
Schneider was called up to Vancouver earlier this season when Roberto Luongo went down with a groin injury. The Boston native went 2-4-1 with a 3.38 goals-against average in eight games with the Canucks.
Luongo backup Jason LaBarbera is a two-time winner of the Bastien Award.
The award was named after the former AHL goaltender with the Pittsburgh Hornets in the late 1940s who later went on to briefly serve as general manager of the NHL's Penguins.