He made close to $7-million during his NHL and even started a civil engineering company after retirement, but there was still something missing.
Now, 22 years after dropping out, former Montreal Canadiens winger Steve Begin can call himself a high school graduate.
He was inspired and even challenged to do so by another famous athlete, fellow Quebecer Georges St. Pierre.
The 40-year-old received his certificate from Quebec education minister Jean-Francois Roberge today.
Fittingly, it was at the Bell Centre, where he played so many games with the Canadiens during his professional hockey career.
Begin didn’t physically go back to school to achieve this accomplishment, but instead used the online education platform, ChallengeU.
Between 1997-2013, Begin played 524 NHL games for five different teams, scoring 56 goals and adding 52 assists.
Along with the Canadiens, he also played for the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators.
With files from the Canadian Press.