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Tom Lysiak
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Born April 22, 1953 (1953-04-22) (age 66)
High Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for Atlanta Flames
Chicago Black Hawks
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 23rd overall, 1973
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1973–1986

Tom Lysiak (born Thomas James Lysiak on April 22, 1953) is a former professional Polish Canadian ice hockey player.

He was selected as the second overall pick in round 1 of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Flames and was selected by the Houston Aeros in round 2 of the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft (23rd overall).

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

Playing CareerEdit

Tom joined the Flames for the 1973–74 NHL season, just 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).

He 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 (1975, 1976, 1977).

Tom served as the Flames' team captain during the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons, but was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in an unpopular multiplayer deal (eight players were involved, the largest number in NHL history at the time) midway through the 1978–79 season.

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.

Tom played seven full seasons for Chicago and in the 1980–81 season, he 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 Chicago Blackhawks, Tom tripped linesman Ron Foyt during a game against the Hartford Whalers. For the incident, the NHL imposed a 20-game suspension, one of the longest in league history.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 60 14 16 30 112
1971–72 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 68 46 97 143 96 7 7 5 12 18
1972–73 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 67 58 96 154 104 17 12 27 39 48
1973–74 Atlanta Flames NHL 77 19 45 64 54 -15 4 0 2 2 0
1974–75 Atlanta Flames NHL 77 25 52 77 73 23
1975–76 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 31 51 82 60 2 2 0 0 0 2
1976–77 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 30 51 81 52 3 3 1 3 4 8
1977–78 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 27 42 69 54 -3 2 1 0 1 2
1978–79 Atlanta Flames NHL 52 23 35 58 36 16
1978–79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 14 0 10 10 14 3 4 0 0 0 2
1979–80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 77 26 43 69 31 -7 7 4 4 8 0
1980–81 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 21 55 76 20 7 3 0 3 3 0
1981–82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 71 32 50 82 84 -8 15 6 9 15 13
1982–83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 23 38 61 27 13 13 6 7 13 8
1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 54 17 30 47 35 -13 5 1 1 2 2
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 16 30 46 13 -16 15 4 8 12 10
1985–86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 51 2 19 21 14 -19 3 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 919 292 551 843 567 -14 76 25 38 63 49
WCHL totals 195 118 209 327 312 24 19 32 51 66

Personal LifeEdit

Since his retirement, Tom has worked in the landscaping, real estate and construction industries in the Atlanta area.

In 2012, he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

His daughter, Jessica Lee "Jessie" Lysiak, finished in the top 3 on Season 4 of the US version of MasterChef and is married to San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.

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

On May 30, 2016, Lysiak died of leukemia in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 63 (three years after he had been diagnosed with the disease in May of 2013).