Begin ready for new challenges

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.