Left-winger Bill Heindl played a handful of NHL games for the Minnesota North Stars and the New York Rangers in the 1970s. He saw more ice time and scored more frequently in the WHA and the minors during his decade as a pro.
Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Heindl played junior with the MJHL's Winnipeg Braves and the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. He played his first two pro seasons with the EHL's Clinton Comets including a 52-goal performance in 1967-68. This was followed by two years with the Canadian national team including an appearance at the 1969 World Championships.
In June 1970 Heindl was claimed by Minnesota off the Boston Bruins' roster in the Reverse Draft but played mostly for their AHL affiliate in Cleveland. Prior to the 1972-73 season he was acquired by the New York Rangers but only played four games for them while seeing most of his action with the Providence Reds of the AHL. The next year he joined the WHA's Cleveland Barons and was used primarily as a checker. Heindl retired in 1975 after scoring 23 goals for the Cape Cod Crusaders of the North American league.