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Veteran NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider is currently in Torino as part of the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team. Schneider, who previously took part in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first one in which professional players participated, joins fellow Detroit Redwings defenseman Chris Chelious, the team captain.

During his 17 years in the league, Schneider has played for the Montreal Canadiens (1987-1995); the New York Islanders (1995-96); the Toronto Maple Leafs (1996-1998); the New York Rangers (1998-2000); the Los Angeles Kings (2000-03), and played in the NHL All-Star games in 1996 and 2003.

The website www.jewsinsports.org, reports that Schneider prefered playing defense because "my father thought you could learn the game better from defense. It's more of a thinking position than playing wing. You get to see the whole play in front of you. You're more of a quarterback playing defense."

The 36-year-old father of three, with one more one the way, recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "As you get older, and especially when you have a family, religion becomes more important. I was raised as a proud Jew and I believe a lot of the lessons Judaism teaches relate really well to family. In the times we live in, I think it's very important to give children that sense of guidance. Jews have always stuck together."

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