Provincial Hockey Hall of Famer dead at 74
Stan Breen, who patrolled the right wing on perhaps the most famous line to play local hockey, died Monday. He was 74.
Breen was one-third of the Feildians’ popular “Explosion Line” with left-winger Doug Squires and Bud Duffett which dominated local intercollegiate, junior and senior hockey in the city during the 1950s and 60s.
He was inducted into the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame in 1997.
The three started organized hockey in junior intercollegiate with Bishop Feild College, graduated to the junior league with Feildians and later to the St. John’s Senior Hockey League with the Double Blues.
Breen won the junior league scoring championship in 1957, and in 1960 and ’61 won back-to-back senior league scoring titles.
He was the senior circuit’s MVP in 1962 and runner-up for St. John’s Athlete of the Year in 1963.
He once enjoyed a Darryl Sittler-like game in the senior league, scoring 10 goals and adding four assists.
Breen was praised in the local media in 1965 as the most, “outstanding individual to play hockey in St. John’s since the Stadium opened in 1954.
“He is one of the swiftest men on blades, and was the heartbeat and team captain of the Feildians senior hockey team.”
Breen leaves to mourn his wife Betty; three children Joanne (Shunne) Leung, Rod (Arlene) Breen and Kelly (Peter) Cyr; six grandchildren, Connor, Devin, Luke, Molly, Ian and Charlotte; his brother Gordon and family; and a large circle of family and friends.
Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road with visitation today and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m on both days.
The funeral service will take place from St. Thomas Anglican Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, with interment to follow at the Anglican cemetery on Forest Road.
Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in Breen’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.