11/28/2012 12:07 EST | Updated 01/28/2013 05:12 EST

Canucks' Cory Schneider heads to Switzerland

Add Cory Schneider's name to the growing list of NHL players headed overseas.

The Vancouver Canucks goaltender signed a deal to play for HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss Elite League, the club announced on its website Wednesday.

He's expected to meet the team and participate in its first practice on Thursday.

Because Schneider is a dual US/Swiss citizen, he doesn't count as an import.

Considered the Canucks' future starting netminder, Schneider had a 20-8-1 record with a 1.96 GAA in 33 games last season.

He signed a three-year, $12 million deal at the end of the season.

HC Ambri-Piotta is second last in the Swiss Elite League with a 7-15-3 record.