Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Heindl
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Winnipeg Braves MJHL 26 7 7 14 18
1963-64 Victoriaville Bruins M-Cup 11 3 4 7 10
1964-65 Winnipeg Braves MJHL 45 27 33 60 22 15 5 5 10 10
1965-66 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 48 15 26 41 46 17 4 5 9 10
1965-66 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 14 13 8 21 8
1966-67 Clinton Comets EHL 72 17 20 37 7 9 3 2 5 13
1967-68 Clinton Comets EHL 72 52 53 105 20 14 10 5 15 7
1968-69 Canada Nat-Tm
1968-69 Canada WEC-A 9 4 1 5 2
1969-70 Canada Nat-Tm
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 1 1 2 0 -1
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 60 25 11 36 22 8 3 5 8 0
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 22 25 47 19 6 0 3 3 2
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 4 1 0 1 0 +1
1972-73 Providence Reds AHL 66 21 43 64 10 4 1 0 1 2
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 67 4 14 18 4 5 0 1 1 2
1973-74 Jacksonville Barons AHL 9 3 2 5 0
1974-75 Cape Cod Codders NAPro 74 23 36 59 8
1975-76 BK Backen Sweden-2 20 16 16 32 48
1976-77 BK Backen Sweden-2 33 14 3 17
NHL Totals 18 2 1 3 0


Claimed by Minnesota (Cleveland-AHL) from Boston in Reverse Draft, June, 1970. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Atlanta from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Atlanta for Bill Hogaboom, June 16, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for cash, June, 1973.