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#24 Yvon "Skip" Breton - Centerman

Career
1981/83 - Hearst Villeux Furniture
1984/92 - Ottawa Senators
1993/94 - Ottawa Maxwell Cobras

Yvon "Skip" Breton, who began his playing career in the northern town of Hearst, Ontario, became one of the most talented and explosive forwards in the game of ball hockey. Yvon was a primarily as a centerman. He was a good face-off man and an excellent playmaker who combined speed and agility with finesse and accurate marksmanship that created nothing but havoc for opposing teams.

"Skip" was a 6-time league MVP who captured 8 scoring titles during his career as a member of the Senators (1984-1992) and Cobras (1993) in the Ottawa-Carleton Ball Hockey League. Yvon experienced early success at the OBHA Championships as a member of the Voyageurs, only the second team in OCBHL history to win a gold medal at the AAA Provincials, in Penetang, in 1985.

Yvon Breton followed up his provincial prize later that year with a bronze medal at the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) Championships in Winnepeg, Manitoba where he was also selected to the CBHA Allstar Team. He went on to the Nationals in 1986 in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia with the Senators where his team graduated to the silver medal as he was once again a consensus First Team CBHA Allstar Forward.

"Skip" culminated his playing career in 1993 as a member of the Maxwell Cobras, where he thrilled the home-town faithful one more time as he commandeered one of the sports greatest teams, as the club's MVP, to a silver medal at the CBHA Championships in Ottawa that year. It was a bittersweet end to a devoir that collectively deserved a better resolution, that on the other hand was personally outstanding and revered nonetheless.

Yvon was ball hockey's own 'Flying Frenchman'. He was the focus of his adversarial defenders whenever he was on the floor. Teams respected and feared his ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with one fatal swoop of his offensive energy. He was indeed one of the premier practitioners in the history of ball hockey in Ontario who has earned his rightful place in the OBHA Players Hall of Fame.