Tom Lysiak

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Tom Lysiak
Atlantaflamesgoalhug.jpg
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
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forAtlanta Flames
Chicago Black Hawks
National team Canada
NHL Draft2nd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft23rd overall, 1973
Houston Aeros
Playing career1973–1986
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Tom Lysiak
Atlantaflamesgoalhug.jpg
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
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forAtlanta Flames
Chicago Black Hawks
National team Canada
NHL Draft2nd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft23rd overall, 1973
Houston Aeros
Playing career1973–1986

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
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
1970–71Medicine Hat TigersWCHL60141630112
1971–72Medicine Hat TigersWCHL684697143967751218
1972–73Medicine Hat TigersWCHL6758961541041712273948
1973–74Atlanta FlamesNHL7719456454-1540220
1974–75Atlanta FlamesNHL772552777323
1975–76Atlanta FlamesNHL8031518260220002
1976–77Atlanta FlamesNHL7930518152331348
1977–78Atlanta FlamesNHL8027426954-321012
1978–79Atlanta FlamesNHL522335583616
1978–79Chicago Black HawksNHL140101014340002
1979–80Chicago Black HawksNHL7726436931-774480
1980–81Chicago Black HawksNHL7221557620730330
1981–82Chicago Black HawksNHL7132508284-815691513
1982–83Chicago Black HawksNHL6123386127131367138
1983–84Chicago Black HawksNHL5417304735-1351122
1984–85Chicago Black HawksNHL7416304613-1615481210
1985–86Chicago Black HawksNHL512192114-1932132
NHL totals919292551843567-147625386349
WCHL totals1951182093273122419325166

References[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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