Thomas James "Tom" 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.
April 22, 1953|
High Prairie, Alberta, Canada
May 30, 2016 (aged 63)|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks
2nd overall, 1973|
23rd overall, 1973|
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).
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, 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, 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.
- "Lysiak of Hawks Gets 20-Game Ban". The New York Times. The New York Times. 1 November 1983. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
- "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
- "Lysiak Penalty Upheld." New York Times. 9 December 1983.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- 1973 NHL Amateur Draft -- Tom Lysiak
| Atlanta Flames first round draft pick
| Atlanta Flames captain