Tom Lysiak

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Tom Lysiak
Tom Lysiak Panini 1979.jpg
Born(1953-04-22)April 22, 1953
High Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Died May 30, 2016(2016-05-30) (aged 63)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Atlanta Flames
Chicago Black Hawks
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 23rd overall, 1973
Houston Aeros
Playing career 19731986
Tom Lysiak (l.) celebrates with Dave Shand and Harold Phillipoff after a goal against the Colorado Rockies in 1978 Atlantaflamesgoalhug.jpg
Tom Lysiak (l.) celebrates with Dave Shand and Harold Phillipoff after a goal against the Colorado Rockies in 1978

Thomas James Lysiak (April 22, 1953 – May 30, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Selected in the first round, second overall, of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Flames, he was additionally selected by the Houston Aeros in the second round of the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft at 23rd overall.

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In each of his last two seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Lysiak was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy as the Western Canadian Hockey League's leading scorer, with a total of 297 points in 135 games.

Playing career

Lysiak joined the Flames for the 1973–74 NHL season, the second year for the franchise, and scored a team-high 64 points. He helped the team to its first playoff berth and finished second in the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie). [1]

Lysiak led the Flames in scoring in each of his five full seasons with the team and represented the Flames in three consecutive NHL All-Star Games, in 1975, 1976 and 1977. He served as the Flames' team captain during the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons, but he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in an unpopular multiplayer deal midway through the 1978–79 season. Eight players were involved in the trade, the biggest trade numbers-wise in NHL history at the time. He is the Atlanta Flames' all-time leader for assists with 276 and points with 431 and ranks second in goals with 155. He had 21 two-goal games with the Flames and one hat trick.

Lysiak played seven full seasons for Chicago and in 1980–81 led the team in scoring with 76 points, including a career-high 55 assists. The next season, 1981–82, he matched his top point-scoring season in Atlanta with 82 points and scored a career-high 32 goals.

On October 30, 1983, while a member of the Black Hawks, Lysiak tripped linesman Ron Foyt during a game against the Hartford Whalers. For the incident, the NHL imposed a 20-game suspension, [2] one of the longest in league history.

Personal life

After his retirement, Lysiak worked in the landscaping, real estate and construction industries in the Atlanta area.

In 2012, Lysiak was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. [3]

His daughter Jessica competed on Season 4 of the US version of MasterChef in 2013, finishing in 3rd place. [4] She is married to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Justin Braun.

Lysiak died of leukemia in Atlanta, Georgia on May 30, 2016, at age 63, three years after he had been diagnosed with the disease in May 2013. [5] [6] He is related to Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar, as his cousin Gary is Makar’s father. [7] [8]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1970–71 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 60141630112
1971–72 Medicine Hat TigersWCHL684697143967751218
1972–73 Medicine Hat TigersWCHL6758961541041712273948
1973–74 Atlanta Flames NHL 771945645440220
1974–75 Atlanta FlamesNHL7725527773
1975–76 Atlanta FlamesNHL803151826020002
1976–77 Atlanta FlamesNHL793051815231348
1977–78 Atlanta FlamesNHL802742695421012
1978–79 Atlanta FlamesNHL5223355836
1978–79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL14010101440002
1979–80 Chicago Black HawksNHL772643693174480
1980–81 Chicago Black HawksNHL722155762030330
1981–82 Chicago Black HawksNHL713250828415691513
1982–83 Chicago Black HawksNHL61233861271367138
1983–84 Chicago Black HawksNHL541730473551122
1984–85 Chicago Black HawksNHL741630461315481210
1985–86 Chicago Black HawksNHL51219211432132
NHL totals9192925518435677625386349

International

YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1978 Canada WC 71124

Awards

See also

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References

  1. "Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak dead at 63". Canadian Press. May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016 via sportsnet.ca.
  2. "Lysiak of Hawks Gets 20-Game Ban". The New York Times . 1 November 1983. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. "Tom Lysiak". National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  4. "NHL Daughter Jessie Lysiak Made the Final Four on MasterChef [PHOTOS]". 4 September 2013.
  5. Block, Chris Blow to 1980’s Blackhawk legend’s battle with cancer Archived 2016-07-08 at the Wayback Machine The Third Man In.com September 10, 2013
  6. Cain, Brandon M. Former Blackhawk Tom Lysiak dies of Leukemia at 63 SB Nation, May 30, 2016
  7. Francis, Eric (May 6, 2019). "Avalanche's Cale Makar, Sharks' Justin Braun finally meet as relatives". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  8. "NHL's Instagram video: "As a Calgary native, @calemakar_ was a big Jarome Iginla fan growing up. #HockeyAtHome"". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
Preceded by Atlanta Flames first round draft pick
1973
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Preceded by Atlanta Flames captain
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