Joseph Breen

Breen played with the University of Toronto Varsity Blue in 1914, returning to the University in 1919 after serving in the Canadian Engineering Corps during WWI.  In those days, university teams still played for the Grey Cup and the University of Toronto won th Grey Cup in 1920 with Breen playing for them.  Breen played for the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club from 1921-1923, serving as the team captain for the last two years.  Breen joined the Toronto Argos in 1924 and played two seasons for them, serving as the team captain in 1924.  After his retirement as a player, Breen went on to coach the University of Western Ontario from 1929 to 1934, a stint that included the first college championship for the Mustangs in 1931.  From 1935 to 1940, Breen served as a referee in the "Big Four" which went on to become the East division of the modern CFL.  Breen was elected to the Canadian Football Hall-of-Fame in 1963 and is also a member of the Canadian Sports Hall-of-Fame.

Breen Stars in Argo Win Over Hamilton - November 3, 1924

Joseph Breen in the Canaidan Sports Hall of Fame


Years and Teams
Year Team GP
1914 TU  
1919 TU
1920 TU
1921 TP
1922 TP
1923 TP
1924 TOR
1925 TOR

No official games played stats were kept during these years.


Joseph Breen from the Candian Sports Hall-of-Fame

Joseph Breen