Canucks' Schroeder thrilled to be home

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 8:44 PM
hide

Jordan Schroeder, formerly of the Gophers.

Photo: Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

In the lobby of St. Thomas Academy ice arena, there's a giant picture of alum Jordan Schroeder.

As luck would have it, the Vancouver Canucks team bus rolled up to the front door for practice, not the back door by the locker rooms. So one by one, Schroeder's teammates got to see the Canucks rookie's portrait hanging in, as a few joked, "the house that Jordan Schroeder built."

Schroeder felt tremendous pride when he was able to return to his Mendota Heights high school as a real-life NHLer Wednesday.

"That's where it all started for me back in eighth grade," Schroeder said after his high school coaches, Tom and Greg Vannelli, watched him practice in a Canucks sweater. "It brought back a lot of memories. It was a good feeling just knowing that you worked so hard for so long and made it to the NHL.

"But it doesn't stop. I've got to keep working and driving forward."

It has been a long road to the NHL for the 2009 first-round pick. But Thursday night in front of family and friends, the 22-year-old who grew up in Lakeville will play the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. He won a state title as a freshman in 2006 and scored his first collegiate goal with the Gophers in the same barn.

"I know this is going to be a real special thrill for Jordan. He's waited for this a long time," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, before adding with a chuckle, "He told me his dad [John] bought a box, so I better play him, I guess."

Schroeder spent parts of four seasons in the minors, but he has two assists in seven games with the Canucks and is centering a line with Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen.

The 5-8 forward has impressed Vigneault with his fearless style and defense.

"Any player of that size has to play with a little bit of jam, a little bit of grit, otherwise you won't survive in this league," Vigneault said. "Not just in my system, on any team in the league, if you can't play defense, you can't play. Every game, the fine line between a win and a loss is so narrow, the players have to know what they have to do with and without the puck and once they know that, sometimes the skill comes out.

"Jordan is dependable and has skill. Now he's got to find his room on the ice and hopefully get more chances and bury those chances."

History rules

Despite the Canucks riding a three-game winning streak and Roberto Luongo having the third-best goals-against average in the NHL (1.53), Cory Schneider gets the nod in goal against the Wild.

"Can't overthink things. Trust the coin," Vigneault said.

Or history. Luongo has shut out the Wild in three consecutive games, but he hasn't played at Xcel Energy Center since Oct. 19, 2010. He has been pulled in three consecutive starts in St. Paul and is 3-9-2 career at the X with a 3.56 goals-against average.

"I've had a few bad games here, but it's nothing specific about this building. One day I'll play here again," Luongo said, laughing.

Etc.

• Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot) didn't practice Wednesday and will miss his seventh game in a row. He continues to be day-to-day.

• On 6-5, 243-pound Mike Rupp making his Wild debut, Vigneault said, "We're not going to focus our game plan on Rupp. Those are role players playing seven, eight minutes a game. They've got some great players there we're going to focus on before him."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Team Irvin 32 FINAL
Team Carter 28
Miami 96 FINAL
Chicago 84
Oklahoma City 98 FINAL
Cleveland 108
Dallas 106 FINAL
New Orleans 109
Indiana 106 FINAL
Orlando 99
LA Clippers 120 FINAL
Phoenix 100
Minnesota 100 FINAL
Atlanta 112
Detroit 110 FINAL
Toronto 114
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
San Antonio 101
Boston 111 FINAL
Golden State 114
Washington 117 FINAL
Denver 115
Houston 99 FINAL
LA Lakers 87
Team Toews 17 FINAL
Team Foligno 12
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Virginia 50 FINAL
Virginia Tech 47
Indiana 70 FINAL
Ohio State 82
Stony Brook 61 FINAL
Binghamton 54
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
UCF 46
Maine 70 FINAL
Hartford 61
Monmouth 64 FINAL
Manhattan 71
Fairfield 67 FINAL
Marist 73
Rowan 48 FINAL
Princeton 96
St Bonaventure 48 FINAL
Rhode Island 53
Duke 77 FINAL
St Johns 68
Saint Peters 69 FINAL
Siena 55
Drake 40 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Vermont 61 FINAL
UMass Lowell 50
Seton Hall 57 FINAL
Butler 77
NJIT 72 FINAL
South Alabama 55
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Illinois State 53
Louisville 80 FINAL
Pittsburgh 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Albany 69
Niagara 64 FINAL
Iona 87
Notre Dame 81 FINAL
NC State 78
Belmont 63 FINAL
Tennessee St 55
Creighton 50 FINAL
Villanova 71
Northwestern 67 FINAL
Maryland 68
Washington 56 FINAL
Utah 77
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
UMBC 42
Vanderbilt 55 FINAL
Alabama 52
Lafayette 60 FINAL
Lehigh 65
UCF 61 FINAL
SMU 57
Utah 51 FINAL
Washington 63
James Madison 73 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 53
Delaware 56 FINAL
Drexel 61
Hofstra 56 FINAL
William & Mary 57
Hartford 58 FINAL
Albany 82
Binghamton 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 67
Towson 63 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 71
Wake Forest 80 FINAL
(17) Florida State 110
Georgia Tech 68 FINAL
Virginia 62
(22) Georgia 51 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 59
Drake 79 FINAL
Evansville 62
Iona 80 FINAL
Canisius 62
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Monmouth 59
Northwestern 75 FINAL
Penn State 76
Wisconsin 71 FINAL
Michigan State 77
Ohio State 79 FINAL
Purdue 71
Northern Iowa 57 FINAL
Indiana State 55
Butler 58 FINAL
Xavier 54
Creighton 93 FINAL
Marquette 75
Providence 42 FINAL
DePaul 90
Northeastern 77 FINAL
Elon 80
(2) Connecticut 96 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Oregon 78 FINAL
Arizona 81
Bradley 46 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 45
NC State 49 FINAL
(23) Syracuse 66
(7) Maryland 84 FINAL
Indiana 74
Illinois State 35 FINAL
Missouri State 58
Colorado 68 FINAL
Washington St 73
Tulane 45 FINAL
South Florida 64
(14) Kentucky 83 FINAL
Missouri 69
(9) Oregon State 68 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 57
Vermont 63 FINAL
UMass Lowell 72
Iowa State 58 FINAL
(8) Texas 57
Southern Ill 61 FINAL
Wichita State 80
(15) Duke 74 FINAL
(12) North Carolina 67
Miami-Florida 55 FINAL
(4) Louisville 68
(21) Minnesota 61 FINAL
(25) Rutgers 66
California 72 FINAL
UCLA 57
(11) Stanford 71 FINAL
USC 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you favor the plan for expanded athletic facilities at the U of M?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close