égin and his wife A
émlie played a huge role at the 2006 Canadiens Annual Blood Clinic.
MONTREAL - The 2005-06 recipient of the Jean Béliveau Trophy was honored Saturday during an on-ice ceremony prior to the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Canadiens. Mr. Jean Béliveau was on hand to present the award to Steve Bégin for his involvement in the community.
The selection committee responsible for the award's selection consists of seven members on the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation board of directors. They selected the winner based on efforts, enthusiasm and participation in team and personal initiatives, as well as commitment, leadership and financial contribution towards causes dear to his heart.
Steve Begin's commitment to the community has been truly outstanding. The generosity, enthusiasm and authenticity he displayed at each of the events he participated in either with the team or on his own was exemplary. Steve was the spokesperson for the Canadiens Annual Blood Clinic and acted as one of the co-captains of the Future Canadiens Fan Club. A player very much in demand during the hockey season as well as in the summer months, he spent numerous hours meeting with underprivileged and sick children, made several school visits and took an active part in various hockey tournaments and fundraising activities.
Shying away from the spotlight, Steve is well aware of the role his professional hockey player confers him and the impact his words have on youth. Through his sincere yet straightforward approach, he is able to quickly and easily get through to children. Steve, who recently signed a new three-year agreement with the team, has agreed to become a member of Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation board of directors.
Introduced on October 18, 2003, the Jean Béliveau Trophy is awarded annually to the Canadiens player who best exemplifies leadership qualities in the community. An honor that is testament to Jean Béliveau's caring, commitment and dedication to the community, the award comes with a $25,000 donation from the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation to a children's charity of the recipient's choice.
Steve has chosen to donate the Foundation's $25,000 grant between Assistance d'enfanté and difficult and the Quebec Make-a-wish Foundation.
Captain Saku Koivu was the first winner of the Jean Béliveau Trophy in 2003-04.