Owen Named to MA Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 14'

Owen Named to MA Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 14'

Boston, MA – Joining a stellar lineup of past and current hockey greats recognized for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the sport of ice hockey in Massachusetts, six men will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday November 12, 2014. The 20th Annual induction ceremony and dinner will be held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, starting at 6:00 p.m. Veteran sports broadcaster and 2008 Mass Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Dave Shea will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Owen, a three--sport star at Harvard, captained the 1923 hockey team and later led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Championship in 1929. He also earned three varsity baseball and football letters at Harvard.

Defenseman George Owen was a fine offensive player on the Boston Bruins between 1928-33. His 44 goals in 183 games was a fairly high ratio for the time and was invaluable to the Beantowners' transition game.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Owen moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and attended Newton High School in suburban Boston. He spent four years at Harvard University and eventually joined the Boston Hockey Club of the USAHA in 1923-24. The next year he stopped playing to coach Harvard before stepping back on to the ice with the Boston AA Unicorns.

Owen was especially renowned for foiling Yale. The hero in a series of legendary comeback victories, Owen never lost to the Elis in any sport during three years of varsity play. The day of Owen's graduation, the president of Yale sent the following telegram to Harvard: "Please be sure Owen graduates today and gets his degree."

Owen later coached football, hockey and baseball at Milton Academy for 20 years until he retired in 1965.

He remained active in sports, however, as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also tutored pitchers at Harvard and other area high schools and colleges.

The Class of 2014 inductees include:
• Legendary college (Boston University and Colby) and professional (Whalers) coach Jack Kelley (Medford)
• South Boston hockey builder Edward “Ted” Cunniff (South Boston)
• Harvard captain and Bruin Stanley Cup winner George Owen (Newton High School)
• Legendary Boston State College Coach Ed Barry (Wellesley)
• Boston College All-American goalie Bernie Burke (Newton)
• American Hockey League builder Bruce Landon

Past inductees read like a “who’s who” of hockey heroes who over the past 50 years have helped position Massachusetts as the hotbed of hockey in the United States. The list is stock full of Olympic and Paralympic heroes, college and NHL stars, female pioneers, high school and college coaching legends, distinguished referees and media icons, as well as a cadre of dedicated,behind-the-scenes grassroots builders who have tirelessly spent decades furthering the development of the game in Massachusetts.

Inductees to the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame are chosen on the basis of accomplishments in the game of hockey, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to his or her teams or organizations in college, amateur or professional hockey, or on international teams representing the United States. Each nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exceptional performance and outstanding character reflecting favorably upon the game of hockey in Massachusetts, be in good public standing in the community, an appropriate role model for young hockey players and an exemplary representative of the game of hockey.

Massachusetts Hockey, Inc., is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization which serves as the affiliate association of USA Hockey, Inc., and is the official governing body for the sport of hockey in Massachusetts. As such, its purposes and objectives are to develop, advance and encourage participation in the sport of hockey; to develop and encourage sportsmanship between all players for the betterment of their physical and social well-being; to develop and improve the standards of the sport; and to educate and train players, coaches, referees, managers, administrators and parents. For more information, visit www.masshockey.com.

A limited number of tickets ($60) to the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner are available and may be purchased by contacting Julie Piacentini at juliepiacentini@netscape.net or (617) 828-4535.