MOSCOW, July 11 (RIA Novosti)
Finnish forward Niklas Hagman, who played in the NHL for nearly a decade, has signed a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Lokomotiv’s entire roster perished in an air crash last September, when the team was heading to its first game of the season in the Belarus capital Minsk.
Since then, the three-time Russian champion has been assembling a new squad for its return to the KHL next season.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Staffan Kronwall joined a two-year contract in May, while in April Lokomotiv announced it had signed coach Tom Rowe, a former Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach.
A Lokomotiv spokesperson confirmed the signing of a contract with 32-year-old forward Hagman to RIA Novosti, but shed no light on its duration.
In the NHL, Hagman played for the Florida Panthers, the Dallas Stars, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He racked up 301 points in his 770 NHL appearances.
Hagman also played for HIFK Helsinki, Espoo Blues and Oulun Karpat in the SM-liiga in Finland and helped HC Davos win the Swiss championship during the 2004-2005 NHL lockout.
Internationally, Hagman won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with the Finnish national team and reached the final of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, won by Canada 3-2.
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