Right-winger Tom Gorence played over 300 NHL games in the 70s and 80s. He was a fast skater who could kill penalties and created chances on offense fairly well.
The St. Paul native was chosen 35th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977 after two solid seasons at the University of Minnesota. He then spent a little over a year working on his game with the Maine Mariners of the AHL before he was recalled to Philly. Gorence scored 13 goals in 42 games as a rookie then looked solid in the playoffs.
During the 1979-80 season he was an important checker on the Flyers when they set an NHL record by going undefeated in 35 straight games. Later that year he scored three goals in the post-season as the club reached the finals where they succumbed to the New York Islanders. Gorence saw more work on offense in1980-81 and responded with 24 goals while playing in a number of situations.
Gorence's speed and discipline landed him a spot on Team USA at the 1981 Canada Cup. He was used mostly as a checker by the Flyers in 1981-82 then played for the US when they finished eighth at the World Championships. After one more year as a defensive forward in Philadelphia, Gorence signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers. He played 12 games for his new club but was relegated to the minors. The veteran winger signed with the New Jersey Devils in March, 1985 but only played a handful of games for the club's AHL affiliate before retiring.