Wikipedia:WikiProject Ice Hockey/Player pages format

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This page provides the recommended format for articles about ice hockey players. Scott Walker's information is used to illustrate examples, except for some goaltender-specific information. Not all articles will slavishly conform to this standard; obviously, superstars such as Wayne Gretzky will have longer and more involved articles than less well-known players (ex. Sheldon Keefe).

Player Infobox[edit]

Use the Ice Hockey Player Infobox. Follow the instructions on the main page.

Article Sections[edit]

The first paragraph should be a very short introduction, including the player's position and notable teams for which he played. Do not say that the player "was" a hockey player unless he is deceased; rather say that he is a retired hockey player.

The following is a good example:

Scott Walker (born July 19, 1973) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, principally for the Nashville Predators. He plays right wing, but prior to the 1996–97 NHL season played defense.

The next section should be in paragraph form and provide an overview of the player's career. It should note in which draft the player was drafted (or, if the player was undrafted, the article should note that fact). Drafts should be formatted as: [[1999 NHL Entry Draft]].

When noting the year that player did something in the NHL, use the [[2001–02 NHL season]] tags.

The following is an example of a Playing Career section:

Playing career[edit]

Scott Walker first played junior hockey for Kitchener of the OHA Junior 'B' league in 1989–90, moving to his hometown Cambridge team later that season. In 1991, he moved up to the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League for two seasons. His play with the Platers led the Vancouver Canucks to select him in the fifth round, 124th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He first joined the Canucks's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Hamilton in 1993-94, moving to Syracuse with the team for the 1994–95 season.

Walker made his NHL debut with the Canucks in 1994, splitting the 1994–95 season with Syracuse before becoming a full-time NHL player in 1995–96. He played three full seasons with the Canucks before being left unprotected in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. He was selected by the Nashville Predators.

Walker played seven seasons with Predators before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in July 2006. Walker became the highest-scoring player in Nashville Predators history during the 2003–04 NHL season. At that time he was one of only three remaining original Predators on the Nashville roster (along with Greg Johnson and Tomas Vokoun). When Greg Johnson was sidelined with injuries, Walker served as the Predators' interim captain from January 12 - January 25, 2003.

On June 20, 2007, the Hurricanes announced that Walker signed a new three-year contract at $2.5 million per season.

Career notes[edit]

He played 589 regular season NHL games over ten seasons before making it to post season play. That is the second longest wait in NHL history. Only Guy Charron played more games without making the playoffs. Charron retired in 1981 after 734 games, before he ever played a single post season game.

He has two career hat tricks. The first came December 26, 2000 against the Colorado Avalanche at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. The first two goals were against David Aebischer and the third was into an empty net. His second hat trick came against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 22, 2002, also in Nashville. All three goals came against Brian Boucher.

He was the first person to ever score an NHL goal at Glendale Arena when on December 27, 2003 he got the puck past Sean Burke at 14:17 of the first period in the arena's first hockey game.

After the playing career comes the Awards section. This is a bulleted list of any awards the player has earned. Citations do not necessarily have to be major awards (like the Norris Trophy or Lady Byng), but they do have to be notable. Put them in chronological order if possible.

The following is an example of an Awards section:


  • Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team in 1993.
  • NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for December 22–28, 2003.

The next section is be a bulleted list of any records the person holds. It is acceptable to list records the person no longer holds, as long is it is noted who took the record from them, and when the record was taken from them.

The records listed can be of any level of notoriety (obviously not everyone is Wayne Gretzky). They can be for a franchise, nation, or league. Be sure and note what type of record (team record, league record, etc.) the person holds, as well as the year in which they were set, if applicable.

The following is an example of a Records section:


  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for points in a season (67)
  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for career points (231)
  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for career goals (91)
  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for penalty minutes (429)
  • NHL record for games played before making the post season (589) -- (Guy Charron played 734 but he never appeared in the post season).

The next section is a wikitable of the player's statistics. There can be more than one totals section, but be sure to include the NHL (or highest league played in) totals. Do not include statistics from international competition; these will be included in the International Competition section below. As well, please refrain from updating stats mid-season, as it complicates things and Wikipedia's purpose is not to provide up-to-the-date statistics. Make sure to link team, and league articles (assuming there are articles for them), and the headings G, A, Pts and PIM. Additionally refrain from using +/-, GWG, SHG, etc. statistics as well, and only used Games Played (GP), Goals (G), Assists (A), Total points (Pts) and Penalty minutes (PIM).

Goalie stats and Skater stats are necessarily different.

The following is an example of a Career stats entry for a skater:

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Owen Sound Platters OHL 53 7 31 38 128 5 0 7 7 8
1992–93 Owen Sound Platters OHL 57 23 68 91 110 8 1 5 6 16
1993–94 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 10 29 39 272 4 0 1 1 25
1994–95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 74 14 38 52 334 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 0 1 1 33 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 15 3 12 15 52 16 9 8 17 39
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 4 8 12 137 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 3 15 18 132 -- -- -- -- --
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 3 10 13 164 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 71 15 25 40 103 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 69 7 21 28 90 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 74 25 29 54 66 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 28 4 5 9 18 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 60 15 18 33 58 -- -- -- -- --
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 75 25 42 67 94 6 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 574 101 174 275 895 6 0 1 1 6

Blank version[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
year team name league -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 team league -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

The following is an example of a Career Stats section for a goalie (from Tomas Vokoun):

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1993–94 Kladno Czech 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00
1994–95 Kladno Czech 26 -- -- -- 1368 70 -- 3.07
1995–96 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 35 20 10 2 1912 117 0 3.67
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 20 4 0 12.00
1996–97 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 47 12 26 7 2645 154 2 3.49
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 31 13 13 2 1735 90 0 3.11
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 37 12 18 4 1954 96 1 2.95
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 9 3 2 4 539 22 1 2.45
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 33 9 20 1 1879 87 1 2.78
1999–00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 7 5 2 0 364 17 0 2.80
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 37 13 17 5 2088 85 2 2.44
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 29 5 14 4 1471 66 2 2.69
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 69 25 31 11 3974 146 3 2.20
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 73 34 29 10 4221 178 3 2.53
NHL Totals 279 98 129 35 15606 662 12 2.55


Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1994–95 Kladno Czech 5 -- -- -- 240 19 -- 4.75
1995–96 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 7 4 3 -- 436 19 0 2.61
1995–96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 1 0 1 -- 59 4 0 4.09
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 2 0 2 -- 149 8 0 3.22
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 6 2 4 -- 356 12 1 2.02
NHL Totals 6 2 4 -- 356 12 1 2.02

The final section is the International Play section. If the player does not have a lot of international play, this can be a simple bullet list and stats. If the player has significant international play (i.e. Ivan Hlinka) then the section could be significantly larger, or the content could be included in Playing Career above.

Make sure to create a medal table for players who have made the top 3 on their respective team. Included must be the year and location, the medal (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and the row must be under a heading with its tournament type.

The following is an example of an International Play section. Note that the country name links to the page of the national team and the competition names link to the most specific page available - "2004 World Cup of Hockey" and "Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics", for example, and simply "Ice Hockey World Championships" before 2004. Captaincy, alternate captaincy, and a top 3 finish in the competition should be noted in brackets as well. If statistics cannot be found for all the competitions, include just the ones you can find in the table. This example is from Darius Kasparitis and includes most of the situations described:

International play[edit]

Medal record
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville Ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 Ice hockey

Played for the Soviet Union in:

Played for Russia in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Russia Oly 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 6
2002 Russia Oly 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 0 1 4
2004 Russia WCH 6th 4 0 1 1 8
2006 Russia Oly 4th 8 0 2 2 8

The following is a proposed guideline for a Transactions section:

The Transactions section is an optional section to be used with common sense. It is intended to relieve the prose from having too much details. It should be used only if several significant transactions have occurred in a career. For example, trades, or free agent signings when changing teams. Not for re-signings, not for being called up or sent down within an organization.

The following is an example from Grant Fuhr. This would be too much detail for a prose section. Citations or links to the transactions section of a league season would improve the following example.


Categories Used for Players[edit]

Most players will have several categories to which they will belong. Each player should have a category for their nationality and for each team that he or she has ever played for. All NHL teams have categories, as well as most junior teams and many minor league and college teams.

For more information on ice hockey categorization see: Wikipedia:WikiProject Ice Hockey/Category structure.

The following is an example of the code for the categories:

[[Category:Canadian ice hockey players|Walker, Scott]]

[[Category:Nashville Predators players|Walker, Scott]]

[[Category:Vancouver Canucks players|Walker, Scott]]

[[Category:Owen Sound Attack alumni|Walker, Scott]]

If Player Articles are Not Formatted[edit]

If a player's article is not formatted according to this standard, then his or her name should be included at: Wikipedia:List of unformatted ice hockey players. Feel free to take any article on that list and properly format it!

Player Images[edit]

Do your best to find or produce free licensed images of players for the biographies article. You may want to upload pictures you've taken to Wikimedia Commons, so that they can be used in any international Wikipedia.

Images from NHLPA Website[edit]

Images from NHLPA Website are not free. They are copyrighted for The National Hockey League Players' Association, and any reproduction or publication of any part of the content of the NHLPA Website, without the express written permission of the NHLPA is prohibited. [1]. Moreover, even if NHLPA would give permission for the use of its images on Wikipedia, those images would still not be free, and could only be used in accordance to Wikipedia's policy on usage of unfree material, that among other things, forbids the use of unfree images where a free alternative "could be created" (which is the case for living players).

Ice hockey[edit]

Ice hockey players are presumed notable if they

  1. Played one or more games in the National Hockey League, Czech Extraliga, Liiga, Kontinental Hockey League or the Swedish Hockey League, a top level Canadian amateur league prior to 1909, the Soviet Championship League, the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League or the World Hockey Association;
  2. Played at least 200 games (90 games for a goaltender) or achieved preeminent honors (all-time top ten career scorer, First Team All-Star) in the Mestis, Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Slovak Extraliga, HockeyAllsvenskan, National League A or the American Hockey League;
  3. Achieved preeminent honors (all-time top ten career scorer or First Team All-Star) in the Eishockey Liga, Belarusian Extraleague, 2nd Bundesliga, GET-ligaen, ECHL, Elite Ice Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Elite.A or the Beneliga;
  4. Achieved preeminent honors (all-time top ten career scorer or First or Second Team All-American) in the men's play versions of the Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten Conference, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Western Collegiate Hockey Association;
  5. Are a first-round draft pick of the NHL Entry Draft; or
  6. Played on a senior national team for the World Championship, in the highest pool the IIHF maintained in any given year (Note: playing in lower pools that do not actually contest for the World Champion title is not enough to satisfy inclusion requirements).

For coaches or managers of ice hockey teams, substitute "coached" or "managed" for "played" in the player guidelines.

For participants in defunct leagues who satisfy any of these achievement standards, please see the ice hockey league assessment maintained by the Ice Hockey WikiProject. For leagues still in existence, only those listed above satisfy the specified criteria.


Diacritics shall be applied to all player pages, where appropriate as for the languages of the nationalities of the players in question.


The use of player nicknames that are simple diminutives is discouraged.