This is Bill Heindl. He didn’t play for Chicago or the Oilers, but he did start his hockey career in Winnipeg. That Manitoba city has heavy connections to both NHL towns (Chicago=the Golden Jet, Edmonton=the jet that brought 99 to our town instead of Winnipeg). There’s also a Bobby Orr connection, so Chicago is involved in that way too.
Heindl was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec and played his junior for Winnipeg (MJHL) and Oshawa (OHA) so would have to be considered an interesting prospect. He scored 13 goals in 14 games for Oshawa in 1966 in their Memorial Cup run (didn’t win it, Edmonton Oil Kings were the champs that season). He also played that season with Bobby Orr, which must have been a thrill.
As a pro, Heindl was a marginal NHL talent (played 18 games in the NHL, 67 in the WHA) and was one of the first players I recall heading to Sweden after his NHL career (he finished up in 1977).
This is a direct copy from the book PLAYERS (Andrew Podnieks):
When he retired, he turned to coaching, guiding the Steinback Huskies to an appearance in the Allan Cup finals in his first season. Then he hurt his back badly in a car accident, and the coaching career ended. He slumped into an awful depression. His marriage ended badly, his father passed away, and he became alcoholic. He was selling insurance in Winnipeg, a job that did not fulfill him in the way hockey had. One day in 1980, he jumped off a bridge and onto a highway. He didn’t die, but was paralyzed from the waist down. When Bobby Orr heard of the tragedy, he organized a charity game. Heindl seemed to rally, and he became an administrative assistant with the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
The charity game was a big deal. It was the only time Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky ever played in the same game. A lot of money was raised for Heindl that night, and over the years he paid back the favor and then some. Heindl later organized a golf tournament in Winnipeg for paraplegic research, and was active in wheelchair tennis.
On March 1, 1992, Bill Heindl passed away. He was 45, and his death was rumored to be suicide.