Tom Lysiak (1953 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Tom Lysiak, a former NHL All-Star who played for the Flames and the Blackhawks, died May 30, according to multiple news sources. He was 63.
Lysiak died of leukemia three years after being diagnosed with the disease.
His daughter, Jessie Lysiak Braun, tweeted the news Monday.
"It saddens me to the core of my being to write this post," she wrote. "My dad lost his battle with Leukemia today and has gone to be with the Lord now."
Lysiak was the second pick overall in the 1973 NHL draft when he was chosen by the Atlanta Flames. The center was second that year in the NHL rookie-of-the-year voting. He helped lead the Flames to their first playoff spot that year while leading the team in scoring with 64 points.
He was a three-time All-Star with the Flames before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979. He had 431 points with the Blackhawks in seven seasons. In 1982, he scored a career-high 32 goals.
His daughter finished in the top 3 in season 4 of the reality show "Top Chef." She is married to San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, who is currently playing in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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