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.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals