Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 25th vs. the Brandon Wheat Kings they will honour and retire the number 9 of the late Tom Lysiak.
Lysiak captured back to back league scoring titles during the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons, the only Tiger ever to do so, and only the 4th person in WHL history to achieve such a feat. During those seasons Lysiak would accumulate 297 points, including an historic 10 point game against the Edmonton Oil Kings which still stands as a league record today.
In the spring of 1973 Tom would also win the playoff scoring race as he led the Tigers to their first ever WHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup in Montreal.
Lysiak would play all 195 games of his career as a Tiger, scoring 118 goals, to go along with 209 assists for 327 career points which sits 8th all-time in franchise history.
Selected second overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft, Lysiak would go on to play for Atlanta for 6 seasons, leading their team in scoring for 5, and captaining them for 2. He stands as the Atlanta Flames all time leading scorer with 431 points.
Lysiak would play 13 seasons in the NHL, registering 292 goals and 551 assists.
The night will see Tom Lysiak’s number 9 hung from the rafters as only the second number to ever be retired in franchise history. Each fan in attendance will receive a limited edition commemorative poster courtesy of the Medicine Hat Tigers. Fans are encouraged to get to the rink early as ceremonies will start at 7:30pm.