Harvard George Owen Jr. - Born February 12, 1901 in Hamilton, Ontario – Died March 4, 1986 in Milton, Massachusetts was a Canadian/American ice Hockey defenceman and coach. He moved to Massachusetts as a teenager, attending Newton High School in suburban Boston.
Owen was a three-sport star at Harvard University, playing football, baseball and Hockey. He was awarded the university's Wingate Cup for best all-around athletic ability. When he arrived at Harvard, 5-10, 189-pound George Owen, Jr. quickly set about beating Yale and other respected opponents on the gridiron, Hockey rink and baseball diamond.
After he graduated, Owen entered the brokerage business while continuing to play Hockey for the Boston University Club, alsp playing for the Boston A. A. Unicorns. 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. He played 27 games for the Bruins, scoring 5 Goals (4 assists) to finish the season, and then helped Boston win the 1929 Stanley Cup championship.
Owen played five seasons with the Bruins, pairing on defense with players including Lionel Hitchman and Eddie Shore.
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, and Ernie “Moose” Johnson is wearing a football helmet in a PCHA 1914 Portland Rosebuds photo.
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.
George Owen was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.
George Owen was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.