Matti Hagman

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Matti Hagman
Matti Hagman.jpg
Matti Hagman in 2011.
Born (1955-09-21) September 21, 1955 (age 58)
Helsinki, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for SM-liiga
HIFK
Reipas
NHL
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
WHA
Quebec Nordiques
Bundesliga
Landshut Cannibals
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 104th overall, 1975
Boston Bruins
WHA Draft 43rd overall, 1975
New England Whalers
Playing career 1972–1992

Matti Risto Tapio "Hakki" Hagman (born September 21, 1955 in Helsinki, Finland) is a former Finnish ice hockey professional.[1] Hagman was the first Finnish-born and Finnish-trained player to play an NHL game and the first to play in a Stanley Cup final. The first Finnish-born player in NHL was Pentti Lund, who never played hockey in Finland, having moved to Canada at the age of six.

NHL & WHA Career[edit]

Boston Bruins (1976-77)[edit]

Hagman played 237 NHL games over seven seasons. He debuted for the Boston Bruins on October 7, 1976 as they hosted the Minnesota North Stars. During his time in Boston, Hagman was coached by famous Canadian Head Coach Don Cherry. During his time with the Bruins, Hagman did not got much time on ice but Hagman did score well. During his first NHL season, Matti Hagman scored 28 points in 75 games though being played on 3rd and 4th lines who do not have much offensive time on ice.

Quebec Nordiques (1977-78)[edit]

Hagman joined the WHA Quebec Nordiques in 1977 after they purchased him from Boston. Despite scoring 3 assists in his first Nordiqes game, Hagman returned to Finland in 1978 unhappy with playing abroad. He joined Helsinki IFK and went on to lead the Finnish league in points in 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1984–85. Hagman played 3 Canada Cups, as Finland finished sixth in each tournament (1976, 1981, and 1987). He also played on the fourth-place Finnish team in the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Edmonton Oilers (1980-82)[edit]

Hagman was more prominent a player on the Edmonton Oilers as they made the transition from WHA to NHL play. Though being originally a Center, Hagman played left wing on the line with all stars Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson during the 1980–81 campaign. Hagman moved from center to left wing because the Oilers had two top centers; Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. An injury in training camp the next year limited Hagman to just a few games and spelt the end to his NHL career.

After Retirement[edit]

Hagman was named Martigny (Switzerland) head coach in 2004. Hagman also has coached numerous Finnish Ice Hockey teams.

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of NHLer Niklas Hagman of the Anaheim Ducks. Matti is also the brother-in-law of former indoor soccer star Kai Haaskivi.

Matti Hagman's sister Riitta Salin won the European Championship (athletics) in 400 m in Rome in 1974.

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Preceded by
Jukka Alkula
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1973–74
Succeeded by
Markus Mattsson
Preceded by
Kari Makkonen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1979–80
Succeeded by
Arto Javanainen
Preceded by
Veli-Pekka Ketola
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1979–80
Succeeded by
Reijo Leppänen
Preceded by
Reijo Leppänen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85
Succeeded by
Arto Javanainen
Preceded by
Heikki Riihiranta
Captain of HIFK
1983–85
Succeeded by
Pekka Rautakallio
Preceded by
Pekka Rautakallio
Captain of HIFK
1987–89
Succeeded by
Simo Saarinen