Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Begin
Born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec on June 14, 1978, centre Steve Begin was a 2nd round draft choice of the Calgary Flames in 1996. Following his second season of junior hockey spent with the Val d'Or Foreurs, Begin joined the St. John Flames of the AHL for their playoff run in 1997. He had an eventful 1997-98 season, opening the year with the Calgary Flames and playing his first NHL game versus the Detroit Red Wings. He also spent time with his junior club as well as joining Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, where he served as an alternate captain.

The 1998-99 season was spent entirely in the AHL with St. John, but Begin returned to the National Hockey League the following year. In 13 games he managed two points, including his first NHL goal that came against Sean Burke and the Phoenix Coyotes. The rest of the season Begin returned to the AHL Flames and honed his game. In 2000-01, Begin enjoyed his most rewarding season of professional hockey. While he was limited to just four NHL contests, Begin had a solid season on the farm, scoring 14 goals and 28 points in 58 games. However, his best hockey was saved for the post season when he won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP on the strength of ten goals and seventeen points in 19 playoff games.

Begin was traded from the Flames with Chris Drury to the Buffalo Sabres for Rhett Warrener and Steven Reinprecht on July 3, 2003, but before he could even suit up for the Sabres, he was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on October 3, 2003.

Known for his strong work ethic and gritty play. He signed a three-year deal with Montreal on June 5, 2006, worth approximately one-million per season. Bégin was traded to the Dallas Stars from Montreal on February 26, 2009, for defenseman Doug Janik.

On July 1, 2009, Bégin signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Cap-de-Madelaine Estacades QAAA 8 0 1 1 6 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Cap-de-Madelaine Estacades QAAA 35 9 15 24 48 3 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 64 13 23 36 218 -20 13 1 3 4 33
1996-97 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 58 13 33 46 207 +10 10 0 3 3 8
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 4 0 2 2 6
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 23 0
1997-98 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 35 18 17 35 73 +10 15 2 12 14 34
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 10
1997-98 Val-d'Or Foreurs M-Cup 3 0 1 1 4
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 73 11 9 20 156 -16 7 2 0 2 18
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 13 1 1 2 18 -3
1999-00 Saint John Flames AHL 47 13 12 25 99 +10
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 21 0
2000-01 Saint John Flames AHL 58 14 14 28 109 +16 19 10 7 17 18
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 51 7 5 12 79 -3
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 50 3 1 4 51 -7
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 10 5 15 41 +6 9 0 1 1 10
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 21 10 3 13 20 +6 4 0 2 2 8
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 11 12 23 113 +9 2 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 5 5 10 46 -6
2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 3 5 8 48 0 12 0 3 3 8
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 6 4 10 27 -5
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 20 1 1 2 15 -1
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 77 5 9 14 53 -7 13 1 0 1 10
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 4 -2
2010-11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 36 3 3 6 30 -3 13 3 4 7 12
2011-12
2012-13 Calgary Flames NHL 36 4 4 8 22 -2
NHL Totals 524 56 52 108 561 36 1 4 5 30


Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (2001) Traded to Buffalo by Calgary with Chris Drury for Steve Reinprecht and Rhett Warrener, July 3, 2003. Claimed by Montreal from Buffalo in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Traded to Dallas by Montreal for Doug Janik, February 26, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, October 20, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 and all of 2011-12 due to various injuries. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, January 18, 2013.