The New Jersey Devils today expanded their scouting department by naming Andy Schneider as amateur scout. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Schneider, 43, joins the Devils’ organization after serving the Columbus Blue Jackets as an amateur scout for the past three seasons. He began his post-playing career in 2011-12 as an assistant coach with Swift Current (WHL). Schneider played 18 seasons professionally, including ten in Germany from 1997 through 2007, before completing his career with a four-year stint in Austria, which concluded in 2010-11. He played in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 DEL All-Star Games and finished tied for second in the league with 52 points in 2002-03. Schneider ranks 20th in Germany’s history with 267 assists, 28th with 395 points and 17th with 828 penalty minutes. After finishing fourth in the Austrian league in regular-season scoring with 58 points in 2008-09, he led Klagenfurter AC to the Austrian championship and paced all skaters with 11 goals, 17 assists and 28 points in the playoffs. Not drafted, Schneider was signed by Ottawa as a free agent on Oct. 9, 1992, spent two years with the organization and saw action in ten NHL games in 1993-94. He split the 1994-95 season between Prince Edward Island (AHL), the Canadian national team and Leksand (Swe.), and played with Minnesota/Manitoba (IHL) from 1995-97.
Schneider played five seasons of junior hockey with Seattle and Swift Current (WHL), 1988-93, and represented Canada at the 1992 World Junior Championships. He was named to the 1992-93 WHL East Second All-Star Team and was awarded playoff MVP honors after posting a league-leading 13g-26a-39pts en-route to the Broncos’ championship. Schneider also finished sixth with 104 points in 1991-92. Born March 29, 1972 in Edmonton, Alta., Andy and his wife, Kim, reside in Swift Current, Sask., with their two sons, Jackson and Zachary.