Begin ready for new challenges

Updated: September 30, 2009, 4:11 PM ET
By Matt Kalman |

Editor's note: This is part of a miniseries of stories to familiarize fans with a handful of Boston Bruins players who are new since last season in anticipation of Thursday night's opener.

Better Know a New Bruin: Forward Steve Begin


How would you describe your game?
I'm a hard guy. I'm going to go hard, finish my check, always go all out. I'm a guy that wants to win, pretty much like everybody. I don't like losing. I play left wing, center or sometimes I'll go on right wing if I have to.

How would you describe your personality away from the rink?
I'm a pretty quiet guy. I like being with my kids when we've got days off. So I just spend some time with the family. I like watching movies. I like to have fun. When it's time to be serious, I'm serious. But when it's time to let go, I like to have fun.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Any kind of music. I like Nickelback, U2, there are some French groups back in Montreal.

What do you like so far about Boston?
Pretty much everything. It's a great city, it's nice. We found a nice place. The kids love it. Anytime you can come to a place and the family loves it too, it makes it a lot easier on yourself. So far so good.

Who were your favorite hockey players or teams when you were a kid?
Well, team, of course I was near Montreal so I was a Montreal Canadiens fan. I had different kinds of players when I was growing up. When I first started playing hockey it was, of course, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. And then I developed myself into a different kind of player. I was more of a grinder. So I liked Mark Messier a lot for his leadership and everything.

Do you have a favorite sport outside of hockey?
I played soccer all my life until I was about 14, when I decided I had to choose between hockey and soccer. That choice wasn't that hard to do. So I picked hockey over soccer. I think that was the right choice.

What are you most looking forward to about Thursday night?
It's going to be my first game with the Bruins, so I can't wait until we play, I can't wait to start. It's going to be a big challenge. Our first game in Boston, we're playing the Capitals. They've got a great team and it's going to be a good test for us and a big test for myself as well.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter,
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.