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.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense