Veteran forward officially retires after 770 NHL games.

Surprise announcement on social media this morning.

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It's been a long time since veteran forward Niklas Hagman played in the National Hockey League, his final season was the one prior to the 2012-2013 NHL lockout.

During the lockout season Hagman bolted for Europe so he could continue playing and for whatever reason he decided to never look back and continued his career playing largely in both the Kontinental Hockey League and the Finnish Elite League.

Now however after playing in 7 seasons outside of the NHL,  Hagman has officially announced that he is stepping away form hockey after a very solid professional career. 

"My career as a pro hockey player has come to an end. I'd like to thank all my teammates, fans, agent, coaches and staff for making this an unforgettable journey. I would also want to thank my friends and family, especially my wife for all the support while playing the game I love."

Despite spending a large part of his career outside the NHL Hagman still boasts an impressive 770 career games in the league. Over that time he recorded 147 goals and 154 assists for a very respectable 301 career NHL points. He split his time between the Florida Panthers, the team that drafted him, the Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leads, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks.

We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.