George Owen (ice hockey)

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George Owen
George Owen.jpg
Owen (circa. 1920)
Born (1901-12-02)December 2, 1901
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Died March 4, 1986(1986-03-04) (aged 84)
Milton, MA, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Playing career 1928–1933

Harvard George Owen Jr. (December 2, 1901 – March 4, 1986) was a professional ice hockey defenceman for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Career[edit]

Owen was a three-sport star at Harvard University, playing football, baseball and hockey.[1] He was awarded the university's Wingate Cup for best all-around athletic ability.[2]

After he graduated, Owen entered the brokerage business while continuing to play hockey for the Boston University Club. He was invited to play for the United States Olympic Team in 1924, but declined because of business obligations.[3]

The Toronto Maple Leafs held Owen's professional rights; however, as Owen did not want to leave Massachusetts, the Maple Leafs traded his rights to the Boston Bruins on January 10, 1929, in exchange for Eric Pettinger.[4] Owen played five seasons with the Bruins, pairing on defense with players including Lionel Hitchman and Eddie Shore, and won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1929.[5]

Legend has it Owen was the first player to don a helmet in an NHL game, wearing the same leather helmet that he had worn when playing college football; however, there is no real proof he was the first player to do so.[4]

Following his playing career, Owen became head coach of the Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team.[5] He later coached football, baseball and hockey at Milton Academy.[1] After retiring from Milton Academy, Owen worked as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates.[1]

Personal Life[edit]

Owen was born in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to Massachusetts as a teenager, attending Newton High School in suburban Boston.[6]

He died of a stroke in Milton, Massachusetts in 1986.[1]

Halls of Fame[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1918–19 Newton High School High-MA
1919–20 Harvard Crimson Ivy
1920–21 Harvard Crimson Ivy 11 10 0 10
1921–22 Harvard Crimson Ivy
1922–23 Harvard Crimson Ivy
1923–24 Boston A. A. Unicorns USAHA 12 10 0 10
1924–25 Harvard Crimson Ivy
1925–26 Boston A. A. Unicorns USAHA 2 0 2 2
1926–27 Boston University Club MBHL
1927–28 Boston University Club MBHL
1928–29 Boston Bruins NHL 27 5 4 9 48 5 0 0 0 0
1929–30 Boston Bruins NHL 42 9 4 13 31 6 0 2 2 6
1930–31 Boston Bruins NHL 38 12 13 25 33 5 2 3 5 13
1931–32 Boston Bruins NHL 42 12 10 22 29
1932–33 Boston Bruins NHL 34 6 2 8 10 5 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 183 44 33 77 151 21 2 5 7 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "George Owen, Jr. Dead at 84". The Harvard Crimson. March 7, 1986. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "George Owen - Member Biography". National Football Foundation. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "US HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INAUGURAL CLASS OF 1973". Vintage Minnesota Hockey. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "George Owen". Hockey History Blog. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - George Owen". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Owen Named to MA Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 14'". ECACHockey.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 

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Preceded by
Lionel Hitchman
Boston Bruins captain
1931–32
Succeeded by
Dit Clapper