Hagman brings a wealth of international experience to the Finland lineup, having competed in two World Junior Championships, seven World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the past two Olympic Games.
Niklas' father, Matti, had a distinguished career in the 1970s and 1980s as a star in the Finnish Elite League and a mainstay on the Finnish national team. Following his impressive performance in the 1976 Canada Cup he joined the Boston Bruins for the 1976-77 season, becoming the first Finland-trained player to compete in the NHL.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie