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Former NHL forward Lysiak dies at 63

Father-in-law of Sharks D-man Braun played 13 seasons with Flames, Blackhawks @NHLdotcom

Tom Lysiak, a former NHL forward and the father-in-law of San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, died of leukemia Monday at 63, his daughter said.

Lysiak had 292 goals and 843 points in 919 games in 13 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks. He had 63 points in 76 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Tweet from @ChefJessieLB: It saddens me to the core of my being to write this post. My dad lost his battle with Leukemia today and has gone to be with the Lord now

After a standout junior career with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, Lysiak was selected by the Flames with the second pick of the 1973 NHL Draft. He spent parts of six seasons in Atlanta before he was traded to Chicago on March 13, 1979.

Lysiak's daughter Jessie is married to Braun. The Sharks defenseman will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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