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PHOTOS BY GettyImages; Adam d'Olibeira s an NHL defenseman, Mathieu Schneider was known as an offensive force who displayed a combina- tion of skill and smarts on the ice. Those same attributes are still serving him well now that he's traded in his skates for a pair of wing tips. After calling the 2009-10 season the final campaign of a 20-year career that saw him play for 10 different franchises, the New York City native found a stable home with the NHL Players' Association as the special assistant to the executive director, a newly created position in 2011. "I never really envisioned myself moving to Toronto and working full time in the office. That kind of happened after I made my decision to retire," says Schneider, who still resides with his family at his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home in the summer months but works out of the NHLPA's Toronto offices during the season. "Stepping into the role at the Players' Association gave me some certainty. I think that's one of the things that guys have so much trouble with when they retire — finding something that's meaningful in their lives outside of the game. "For me, I feel very fortunate that I was able to find something that I love to do so quickly." Despite a wealth of knowledge accumu- lated over the span of his career, Schneider never heard the call of coaching, saying BLUE LINE FROM THE By MARK BURNS A 2014-15 NHL PREVIEW USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 26

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