April 22, 1953|
High Prairie, Alberta, Canada
|Died||May 30, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Atlanta Flames
Chicago Black Hawks
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1973
|WHA Draft||23rd overall, 1973
Thomas James "Tom" Lysiak (April 22, 1953 – May 30, 2016) was a Polish-Canadian professional 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).
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.
After his retirement, Lysiak 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.
|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|
|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|
- "Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak dead at 63". Canadian Press. May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016 – via sportsnet.ca.
- "Tom Lysiak". National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Block, Chris Blow to 1980’s Blackhawk legend’s battle with cancer The Third Man In.com September 10, 2013
- Cain, Brandon M. Former Blackhawk Tom Lysiak dies of Leukemia at 63 SB Nation, May 30, 2016
- NHL.com - Players: Thomas Lysiak
- 1973 NHL Amateur Draft -- Tom Lysiak
- Tom Lysiak biography at Legends of Hockey
- "Lysiak Penalty Upheld." New York Times. 9 December 1983.
- Tom Lysiak career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Atlanta Flames first round draft pick
|Atlanta Flames captain