George Owen
Position Centre
Shot Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 2, 1901(1901-12-02),
Hamilton, ON, CA
Died March 4 1986 (aged 84),
Pro Career 1928 – 1933

George Owen (December 2, 1901 – March 4, 1986) was a professional ice hockey defenceman for the Boston Bruins of the NHL. He was also elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1928, Owen became the first player to wear a helmet in an NHL game which he continued to do regularly in the 1928-29 NHL season. He wore the same leather helmet that he had when playing college football.

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario but move as a teenager to Boston. He played hockey and football for Harvard University from 1919-23.

After that he played for Boston AA and the Boston University Terriers. He coached the Harvard Crimson in 1924-25.

In 1928-29, Owen joined the Boston Bruins as they won the Stanley Cup. He went on to play three more seasons for the Bruins, playing in 183 games and scoring 44 goals and 33 assists.

He retired in 1933 and then coached the Michigan Tech Huskies for a season.


Preceded by
Lionel Hitchman
Boston Bruins captains
Succeeded by
Dit Clapper

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