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This page lists article in serious need of improvement. It also helps coordinate collaborative efforts through the project. Most of articles in serious need of improvement are quite important, and have serious issues, like being stubs, spammish, POV, or just plain poorly written. At the Help Requested section, users can coordinate efforts to expand certain articles.

If you have finished improving an article in the "dire need" section, feel free to strike it out and leave comments. For the "Help Requested", try to follow a format like outlined by Krm500 here. It helps everybody involved.

Happy editing!

Articles in dire need of improvement[edit]

I've noticed that you've divided them into blocks of 50. As it's an ever-changing list, perhaps we should divide them into roughly 50-sized blocks such as AAA-ALL, ALM-APP, ARB-AZZ instead. Schmloof (talk) 16:24, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
I divided them into blocks of 50 for convienence. Short of periodically reassessing the section sizes, I'm not sure there is a good way to keep them roughly even. I am open to suggestions, of course. Resolute 20:42, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
I've moved discussion to Talk:List_of_NHL_players_by_name. Schmloof (talk) 19:09, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

* Glen Featherstone; I've declined a speedy deletion on this article but it was a worshipful article written by the player's son -- I edited a bit but it needs attention and wikification. Accounting4Taste:talk 18:00, 22 January 2010 (UTC) I found a useful stub in the edit history of this article and restored it; it doesn't seem to need urgent attention now. Sorry for my error. Accounting4Taste:talk 18:13, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Requested help[edit]

Category:Indianapolis Racers[edit]

Scope
Category with just the team page itself.
Proposed changes
Deletion?
Requester
--RiverHockey 15:25, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Discussion
  • I notice that the team's players are a subcategory of the main category. The higher category should be kept, and populated with things such as.. coaches.. executives.. arena.. etc. Flibirigit 20:21, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Anaheim Ducks Draft Categories[edit]

Proposed changes
I believe it would be best to merge the categories: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim draft picks and Anaheim Ducks draft picks. After all, they are the same club, just a modified name.
Requester
-RiverHockey 00:35, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Discussion
  • agreed. I would suggest listing it at Categories for Discussion as a merge request. If passed, we can then have a bot perform the moves for us. Resolute 21:46, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Henrik Lundqvist[edit]

Scope
Article lack comprehensive information about his career with Frölunda HC and the Swedish national men's ice hockey team. His NHL career is not written well.
Proposed changes
I am working on his pre-NHL career, his national team career, an 'early life' section, and a little on the 'off the ice' section. I need help with writing a high quality section about his NHL career. There's plenty of images available, and good refrences, with some work I think this could pass GA and perhaps even FA.
Requester
--Krm500 02:03, 31 July 2007 (UTC)
Volunteers
Krm500 (talk · contribs)
Maxim (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA), but I'm going to be dreadfully inactive for a few weeks, but count on me to do a bit of work before.
Discussion
This is the first time we've tried this after discussing at WT:HOCKEY. Try to follow this format for other scenarios. Maxim 00:59, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
This just needs references, and it's an easy GA, IMO. Also,this is part of the Sweden Ice Hockey task force, I presume? Maxim 00:59, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
I haven't said anything about it there but I was going to bring up a few questions regarding translation. I'm mostly worried that the NHL career text is rather "listy" (short paragraphs, text don't flow well). --Krm500 08:39, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

If I can get some work done later I'll add a bunch of stuff to the article. I'd like some feedback on my contribution, since I'm not a native speaker of english so the text might need a copyedit. --Krm500 19:47, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

I'll be gone for a few days, will attend a wedding far from home so there wont be any edits from me until next week. --Krm500 22:45, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
Krm, I notice you've been working on a good revision in your sandbox.. when will that be ready to be copied over? I'd like to begin improving on it, as opposed to the current article.. IrisKawling 23:45, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
I can move it now but I've only written about his first pro year so far (and some other minor changes). --Krm500 08:05, 11 August 2007 (UTC)
Added. I haven't put any references in the text yet so please make a list here on which parts that might need it. I'll try to do some work on the International play section and add it when I get home from work. --Krm500 08:13, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Anyone mind if I remove the nickname paragraph in the lead. I've never heard someone calling him 'the beast', as far as I know 'King Henrik' is the most known and used nickname. --Krm500 00:09, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

I haven't heard of "The Beast" either.. I remember removing it many months ago but it was put back. IrisKawling 00:38, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

I'd like to help out on this article, but I'm not sure where to start or what to do.--Serte Talk · Contrib ] 15:25, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Well, I have only added one season of info, but I haven't added any references yet. I'd appreciate it if you told me what needs references. And the text I add probably needs a copyedit. My plan is to write about his career with Frölunda, the national team, and an early life section. I think the NHL career section needs an rewrite, now it looks too much like a list. --Krm500 23:13, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
I did slight syntax cleanup, removed some unnecessary phrases in the NHL career section. I didn't find any bad writing there. Also, there seems to be a technical problem with the article's layout; the first section, his European career, is covering up two "Edit" buttons. I'm not sure how to address this issue, so I came here. Thanks Fdssdf (talk) 04:01, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I've been working a little on this article in my sandbox but haven't done much yet. The edit buttons problem can be fixed with a longer lead and moving the medal record box. There's currently two medal boxes in the article. --Krm500 (talk) 04:21, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I just copy edited the International career section. None of it was bad, but there were some minor changes to be made. Fdssdf (talk) 20:43, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Been a while since I worked on this article but I just started again. I expanded the International section, but there is more to come. I will write a Early life section soon and expand the Frölunda section. Problem is finding good sources. I'm hoping to get this article to GA status for starters, my biggest concern is that the NHL section is "listy" right now. Could someone please help me with making that section better? --Krm500 (talk) 03:51, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Are the MetLife/Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award and the New York Rangers Team Award notable enough to be kept in the article? --Krm500 (talk) 03:53, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

I added an Early life section, though it is not complete yet, years 1998 to 2000 are missing. I will expand the Frölunda section and the International section, but since I'm not a native speaker of english I would like someone to look over my contributions and also help with completing the NHL section. I hope this will be a GA soon! --Krm500 (talk) 04:43, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

Peter Forsberg[edit]

Scope
The article lack(ed)s information about most part of his career and has to be expanded.
Proposed changes
The article was very poor, I have been working on it. The 1989-1994 and 2004-present sections were expanded and look better and the style of play part is coming nice. I'd also like to mention he is known (I believe he is, at least) for being a good playoff performer. The problem is, I have a few doubts about the structure of the article. There's a hidden part on the article where I'm writing about his injuries. Forsberg has had so many injuries and surgeries that I thought that should have a section by themselves. The thing is, I don't want the article to be repetitive, so I'm not sure whether to mention this in the playing career part of the article. Also, there's the International play section, which I think should be on a part of his own and not be mentioned in the playing career section, which is for his club career. So, what do you think about the injury thing? I'd be happy to hear opinions and if anyone wants to lend a hand, that'd be fine too. A few more things: 1. Does anyone knows if he married or single, if he has kids, and so on? 2. Should the companies he own be mentioned on the article? Does anyone knows how did Sweden finish in the 1991 European Junior Ice Hockey Championship? 4.Does anyone knows of a reliable site to find Elitserien tables and Viking Award winners? I've found various sites on the Internet with that info, but they don't look like official sites or press. It's better than nothing, but I'd like to have the most reliable possible sources.
Requester
--Serte Talk · Contrib ] 00:47, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
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Discussion
Nice additions you made to the article. I think all his injuries should be mentioned in the playing career section, no need for a separate section imo. I have no idea where to fing Viking Award winner since I never heard of it before, but I can easily take care of SEL stuff and EJC info. The image used in the article is a copyright violation, no doubt about it. --Krm500 01:10, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
I need help from a Swedish member. Please check a few facts: Did MODO retire Forsberg's number after he left for the NHL for the first time? And did they put it back in circulation when he returned there during the lockout? Any info on his father, his mother and if he is married or has kids? Reliable source for the Golden Puck and Golden Helmet awards as well as final standings of the Elitserien. That's all for now. Thanks.--Serte Talk · Contrib ] 15:24, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
Not sure about his mother or father, but Peter Forsberg is not married and he does not have kids.--Mister Hockey 06:14, 2 September 2007 (UTC)
As I recall, there was a ceremony shown on Swedish TV where MODO temporarily un-retired the number 21 in Kempehallen. Forsberg put on the rafted jersey after it being lowered. This is also hinted on the MODO Hockey history page. Currently, the official term in Sweden seems to be holy numbers and not retired numbers. This can be seen on MODO Hockey's page on Hockeyligan.se ("Heliga nummer"). (Hockeyligan.se is the official page for the SEL run by a company where each current SEL club holds an equal share.) I dont know when or why the club rasied his jersey to the rafters before the end of his career, or if they raised it again after the lockout season. Anyway, MODO number 21 is currently considered "holy" (see Hockeyligan.se again). --Bamsefar75 23:02, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
There is an official page with some functions to view the team standings for each Elitserien season since 1975-76 on stats.swehockey.se - Historical database - Standings by round. There is also top 50 functions who work for every season. No static reports, only generation tools. --Bamsefar75 00:35, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
Hey guys. I copy-edited the majority of the article. There were no glaring errors, but I did make some corrections. It's a strong article with a lot of information on his career. Do you think we might need some more information on his life before hockey? Fdssdf (talk) 21:42, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Category:Orlando Solar Bears players[edit]

Scope
The IHL team category is "Orlando Solar Bears players" and the ECHL team category is "Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) players"
Proposed changes
Change name to "Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) players"
Requester
--Joeykai February 4, 2013
Discussion
  • This seems uncontroversial, so I've nominated the category for speedy renaming. With luck, this should be done in a couple days. (There is a minimum 48 hour wait on speedy requests). Resolute 04:01, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
    • This could have been done without that. Because they would have been two new categories and this one would have been made into a category redirect. But it can't hurt I suppose. -DJSasso (talk) 13:47, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
      • Or on looking closer the ECHL one already exists, was thinking it was a split. I could have sworn I had fixed this one already. I know I fixed all the other ones down there that were merged like this. Wierd. -DJSasso (talk) 13:49, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Bill Heindl, Jr.[edit]

Scope
Looking to expand article enough for a DYK, and am questioning whether or not certain info may be included / if can be verified
Proposed changes
specifically, need to see if we can add a mention of the apparent benefit game that Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky may have played together, supposedly the one and only time that they did. In short, the issue is this: numerous posts on forums have suggested that:
  • Heindl grew despondent after his career ended, marriage failed and his father died, and he attempted to kill himself, survived but became a paraplegic. I haven't had much luck in accessing legit citable sources for this.
  • he may eventually have become a competitive wheelchair athlete, as there is an award from the BC Wheelchair Tennis Ass'n that uses his name, but nothing that confirms it is named after him or why
  • he may also have competed in wheelchair racquetball, as I came across his name (without the Jr) as having placed at a tourney
  • he eventually died in 1992, and one blog at least suggests it may have been a suicide, but I can't find a proper obit
  • and this is what would make an awesome hook for a DYK: on April 25, 1980, numerous posts suggest that Bobby Orr, who was on the Oshawa Generals in 1965-66 when the Gens played in the Memorial Cup, as was Heindl, apparently arranged a benefit game for Heindl in Winnipeg, and said game is apparently the only time ever that Gretzky and Orr played in the same game. I am suspicious since I can't even find unusable photos of this, and you'd think there'd be one somewhere. There's listings on eBay for game programs that have Orr on the cover. There's apparently a transcript of a Peter Gzowski interview with someone about this in the Trent University archives. There's this post which references a book I don't have and can't access online. There's this other trivia book which you can read online but not sure how much stock to put in either of these sources. I guess I'm looking for guidance / input here for 2 reasons:
  • because suicide is a sensitive subject, I don't want to indicate that aspect without being damn sure and
  • for something that would be a huge thing in hockey circles, I'm surprised there's not more about the Gretzky/Orr angle out there. Let me know what you think, and if you have any resources that could shed some light on this. I started the article expansion yesterday, so there's still a couple of days to be eligible for a DYK nom.
Requester
Echoedmyron (talk) 23:26, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
Discussion

I saw your posting on GoodDay's user page, and was just about to reply to you. You're in luck! I actually have a copy of Players in front of me, and the exerpt on Lowetide's blog is accurate. It supports his attempted suicide and Bobby Orr's charity game, but makes no mention of Gretzky so I can't help with that. The Winnipeg Free Press archives have stories on Heindl and Orr's charity match, and I'm betting one on his death as well. Only catch is they want $10 for a one-week access. I'll let you decide if you want to pay that. (I did find this as well: [1] ) You've got me curious though. I know the Calgary Public Library has the Winnipeg Free Press in its microfilm archives, but I am not certain of the date range as they haven't kept copies of any WFP papers after 1996. I am pretty sure they have the 1992 archives, but I'm not sure about 1980. So if you don't want to shell out for the online archive, let me know and I might be able to get to the right branch of my library on the weekend. In the meantime, I will add the material from Players for you tonight. I'll also check a history of the Memorial Cup I have to see if he was mentioned as having done something prominent in that 1966 final. Cheers! Resolute 23:35, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Awesome. I don't have time this week to get to the Toronto Reference Library, which no doubt would have similar in its archives. I similarly found that PDF on the SCRC website, but wasn't sure how usable it was, as it's both a copy of an original post, and the original was itself on a blog, albeit the blog of a News website. Whatever you - and others - can contribute to this is great, like I said I would love to see it make it to a DYK if possible. I wish there was more to find about what happened to Heindl between his injury and death, as it sounds like he may have found new purpose in life, and there's something inspirational and bittersweet about that. Echoedmyron (talk) 23:43, 5 February 2013 (UTC)