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Players, teams react to death of Dave Gove; GoFundMe memorial established


After the news late Thursday night that former Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league player and coach Dave Gove had been found dead at the age of 38, the hockey community has responded.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins organization is saddened by the passing of Dave Gove,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a press release. “Dave touched many lives in the hockey world as both a player and coach. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Coach Gove,” said Brian Komorowski, Nailers alternate governor. “David was a bright, caring person that was admired. His positive contributions to the Nailer organization made the team and staff better. We extend our deepest sympathy to Katie, his young son Cullen, and the rest of his family and friends.”

Gove played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for two seasons and was a team captain at the end of his long professional career that saw him play two NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was a coach for the Wheeling Nailers for once season.

Gove’s caused of death is believed to be a heroin overdose. A memorial fund has been established for Gove’s young son, Cullen Gove.


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