Yesterday, one of the most classy, hard-working hockey players I have seen come through the Flames organization announced on his twitter account that he would be retiring from hockey.
Steve Begin, the 35 year old forward from Trois-Riveres, Quebec explained on twitter that, after 17 years of playing hockey, he is now retiring due to an injury, stating, “Yesterday the doc gave me a sad news…I won’t have the chance to be back playing this year…” He went on to say that it was time to listen to his body and retire.
Begin was a big, intimidating grinder for the Calgary Flames, who drafted him in 1996. After making his rounds and playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, and Nashville Predators, Begin returned to Calgary and has retired while signed with the Abbotsford Heat.
He won the Calder Cup during the 2000-2001 season, the Jack A. Butterfield trophy in 2001, and the Jacques-Beauchamp Molson Trophy in 2006-2007.
In 2013, Begin played his 500th game and has retired a team leader and memorable alumni.
Thank you, Begs!