(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) Cory Schneider has waited much longer than a 113-day lockout for this chance.
For the first time in his pro career, the goaltender entered a Vancouver Canucks training camp as the go-to guy in goal, a role he has coveted since he entered the organization.
''It's the culmination of my development,'' the 26-year-old Schneider said Sunday. ''This is where I need to be at my best. All this training - it's about eight years now since I've been drafted - it's all coming to fruition.
''Hopefully, it will all turn out the way I hope it will, and everything I've done to prepare for this moment will be worth it.''
Schneider displaced Roberto Luongo as Vancouver's starter in training camp last year and is slotted for permanent No. 1 duty. Luongo, who said after the season that he would waive his no-trade clause, is attending camp amid an uncertain future.
He is expected to be traded, with the Toronto Maple Leafs rumored to be the most likely suitors.