Tom Lysiak

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Tom Lysiak
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Tom Lysiak (l.) celebrates with Dave Shand and Harold Phillipoff after a goal against the Colorado Rockies in 1978
Born (1953-04-22) April 22, 1953 (age 61)
High Prairie, AB, CAN
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 team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 23rd overall, 1973
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1973–1986

Thomas James Lysiak (born April 22, 1953) is a former professional Ukrainian 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, Lysiak 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 career[edit]

Lysiak 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).

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 (1975, 1976, 1977). He served as the Flames' team captain during the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons, but was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks 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.

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, one of the longest in league history.

Personal life[edit]

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

In 2012, Tom Lysiak was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. { http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/hockey/tom-lysiak/ }

His daughter, Jessica Lee "Jessie" Lysiak, finished in the top 3 on Season 4 of the US version of MasterChef.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    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

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Preceded by
Jacques Richard
Atlanta Flames first round draft pick
1973
Succeeded by
Vic Mercredi
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Atlanta Flames captain
197779
Succeeded by
Jean Pronovost