Editorials

Blackhawks Top 100- #38 Tom Lysiak

By Keith Schultz
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We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.

Tom Lysiak 1979-1986

Games-474

Goals-137

Assists-275

Points-412

-40

Game Winning Goals-24

Playoffs

Games-61

Goals-24

Assists-33

Game Winning Goals-2

Lysiak was 2nd pick overall in the 1973 draft by the Atlanta Flames.  Lysiak played for five years with the Flames which included being the team Captain for the last two seasons before being traded to Chicago in a huge 8 player trade which at the time was the biggest in NHL history.

Lysiak was a staple of the Blackhawks during their very good stretch of the 1980′s where they had some great players but could never get past the Edmonton Oilers even though they were playoff regulars year in and year out.. Lysiak was very consistent scoring  20-30 goals a game. No matter how good Lysiak was there is only one thing most people remember  about Tom Lysiak.

On October 30, 1983 Lysiak tripped linesman Ron Francis.  The incident cost Lysiak a 20 game suspension, but many think this was the beginning of the NHL league office coming down harder on the Hawks than any other franchise in the NHL.  The Hawks and their fans have felt in the past that Lysiak had cursed their team with bad officiating and extra games of suspension because of one fateful trip on the night before Halloween.

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One thing that the recent run of 2 Cups in 4 seasons is that no one ever mentions Lysiak’s name in disgust anymore. Lysiak could fill a scoresheet and still ranks 25th all-time in points in Blackhawks franchise history.

What do you remember about Tom Lysiak? What do you think Too high or Too low for Lysiak in our All-time ranking

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