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Manitoba History No. 89
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War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
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Memorable Manitobans
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
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Memorable Manitobans: William Wright “Billy” Breen (1882-1927)

Hockey player.

Born in Winnipeg on 6 December 1882, brother of N. J. Breen and T. G. Breen, he played hockey for several Winnipeg clubs, including the Winnipeg Assiniboines. A centre, he was noted as a checker as well as a goal scorer. He also was an alley bowler of distinction. Breen refused to turn professional and always retained his amateur standing. He worked for R. J. Whitla and later the Codville Company before joining his brother Thomas in the Breen Motor Company. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Elmhurst Golf Club, and St. Charles Country Club. He died following an operation at Rochester, Minnesota on 3 September 1927.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Breen Motor Company Building (245 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Billy Breen, athlete business man, is dead” Undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2017

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