| Arguably one of the greatest offensive playmakers in Milwaukee Admirals history, Yves Preston ranks seventh or higher in all offensive scoring categories. The most impressive of which is his 301 points, which ranks sixth all-time in team history, in just 299 IHL games. That is even more impressive since his first season with Milwaukee the team played in the USHL. Preston was a versatile player, which helped him become so dominant on the ice. |
“Yves was such a complete hockey player that could play at five different positions and play well,” said former teammate Danny Lecours. “That is very rare to find.”
Preston’s first season in Milwaukee was in 1976 when the team was in the amateur USHL. During this campaign he averaged two points a game which helped the team make it to the USHL finals. Preston’s playmaking ability and leadership were paramount to the Admirals seamless transition from the USHL to the IHL in 1977.
Building off his success from the prior season Preston racked up 74 points off of 37 goals and 37 assists, and aided the team’s run to the playoffs in its first professional season.
After the ’77-78 season Preston left the Admirals organization for three years, which included two stints in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Returning to Milwaukee in prime form in 1981, Preston helped lead the team to some of their most successful seasons.
During the ’81-82 season Preston totaled 54 points in 70 games, including 25 goals and 29 assists. The team made the playoffs, but were knocked out in the first round. Upset with the way the season ended Preston and the team came back ready to go the following year.
While working on a line that included Milwaukee greats Danny Lecours and Dale Yakiwchuk, Preston tallied 88 points in 67 games, which included a career high 53 assists and 35 goals. Preston’s totals assisted the Admirals on their way to the Turner Cup Finals, which they lost in six games to Toledo. This was Milwaukee’s only trip to the finals in its 24-year IHL existence.
Preston finished his hockey career the following season in Milwaukee piling on 85 points to his already astounding point totals. He added 36 goals which moved his Admirals total to 133 which ranks 6th all-time in team history, and 49 assists giving him 168 in his Milwaukee career landing him 7th all-time.