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Cory Schneider has worked long and hard to become No. 1 goalie with Canucks

  • Vancouver Canucks' goalie Cory Schneider stretches during practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday Jan. 13, 2013. The team has allowed fans to attend on-ice skates during training camp. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks' goalie Cory Schneider stretches during practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday Jan. 13, 2013. The team has allowed fans to attend on-ice skates during training camp. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks goalies Roberto Luongo, left, and Cory Schneider take a break during a practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks goalies Roberto Luongo, left, and Cory Schneider take a break during a practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo smiles as he takes off his mask during practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday Jan. 13, 2013. The team has allowed fans to attend on-ice skates during training camp. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo smiles as he takes off his mask during practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday Jan. 13, 2013. The team has allowed fans to attend on-ice skates during training camp. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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.

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault has refused to anoint a starter, but it's clear the job is Schneider's once Luongo's future is determined.

Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.