George Owen (ice hockey)
Owen (circa. 1920)
December 2, 1901|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
March 4, 1986 (aged 84)|
Milton, Massachusetts, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins|
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.
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. 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.
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, Marty Burke of the Montreal Canadiens is known to have worn a helmet briefly during a game in December 1928, before Owen entered the NHL.
Following his playing career, Owen became head coach of the Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team. He later coached football, baseball and hockey at Milton Academy. After retiring from Milton Academy, Owen worked as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Halls of Fame
- United States Hockey Hall of Fame, 1973 (inaugural class)
- College Football Hall of Fame, 1983
- Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, 2014
|1918–19||Newton High School||High-MA||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1923–24||Boston A. A. Unicorns||USAHA||12||10||0||10||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1925–26||Boston A. A. Unicorns||USAHA||—||—||—||—||—||2||0||2||2||—|
|1926–27||Boston University Club||MBHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1927–28||Boston University Club||MBHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- "George Owen, Jr. Dead at 84". The Harvard Crimson. March 7, 1986. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "George Owen - Member Biography". National Football Foundation. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- "US HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INAUGURAL CLASS OF 1973". Vintage Minnesota Hockey. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- "George Owen". Hockey History Blog. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- "Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - George Owen". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- "Pete Lepine stars as Canadiens win from Ottawa, 1-0". The Montreal Gazette. December 24, 1928. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
Marty Burke became so enthused over the proceedings that half-way through the game he threw off the helmet he had on his head to protect his injured ear.
- "Owen Named to MA Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 14'". ECACHockey.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- George Owen at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Hockey Hall of Fame Biography
- George Owen career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
| Boston Bruins captain