Cory Schneider not upset despite not being named to U.S. Olympic team

2/20/14 in NHL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsTo be named to an Olympic team is a great honor for any player as it shows they have what it takes to play on the international stage and represent their country. Not being named to the team is a disappointment and often brews bad feelings for the country and Olympic team. When New Jersey Devils Cory Schneider was not one of the three goaltenders named to the U.S. Olympic team, it was natural to assume that he would bear a grudge against them.
But those sort of things are not in his nature. Corey is still a strong supporter of team USA and is supporting them and wants them to go all the way for the gold medal. On Friday they will face team Canada in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and then their game on Sunday could be for a gold medal.
Schneider said that he had no hard feelings after being excluded from the team and to him it wasn’t something that would dampen his support for the team. He added that he understood the team was picked with special attention to what they needed and if they picked the best, then they would give a strong performance.
“Once the decision was made, you accept it and move on and I’m rooting for the U.S. all the way now that some of our guys are out of it – the Jersey guys,” Schneider said. “Like I said, they picked the team for a reason and clearly they made a lot of good choices because the team’s doing very well. As soon as the team was announced, you move on, you focus on what you have to worry about.”
Many of the players in NHL take the Winter Olympic break as time off to get to their getaways and relax. After being excluded Schneider did the same thing and came back to team practice just today. He did add that he didn’t watch all the games that team U.S. played as it was hard to watch while he was just sitting around.
“It’s a little tough when you’re away. The last thing you want to do is turn the TV on. Now that I’ve been back, especially because it’s getting towards the medal rounds here, it’s fun hockey,” Schneider said. It’s fun to watch people play for their country. It’s a unique experience it seems like.”
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