George Owen started his hockey career as an amateur legend in Massachusetts. Although he was born in Hamilton, Ontario, he grew up in the Massachusetts area. He attended the Newton-Mass high school before moving on to star with Harvard University, where he also was a star football player.
Owen was a highly sought after NHL prospect back in the 1920s. His rights were held by Toronto but Owen didn't want to leave his home in Massachusetts. He remained in Boston playing senior hockey.
Although that would be their only Cup championship in Owen's 5 year stay with the Bruins, the Bruins were a dominant team with George on the blue line. They finished first overall in the regular season in 4 of his 5 years there. The last 3 seasons George was named as the 2nd captain in Bruins history, replacing Lionel Hitchman.
In addition to being one of the earliest college graduates to play in the NHL, Owen may have been the first player to play in the league with a helmet. There is no real proof as to who was the first player to wear a lid, but there is some documentation suggesting Owen played his rookie season with the Bruins while wearing his Harvard football helmet. In those days football helmets were tight fitting leather caps and nothing like today's helmets.
George retired as a player after the 32-33 season, to become head coach at the Michigan Institute of Technology.