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Report: Former Western Michigan hockey standout Dave Gove found dead

David Gove of the Lowell Lock Monsters skates during the game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Arena At Harbor Yard on November 13, 2005 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bridgeport won 5-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
David Gove of the Lowell Lock Monsters skates during the game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Arena At Harbor Yard on November 13, 2005 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bridgeport won 5-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Dave Gove, a retired professional hockey player and former standout at Western Michigan University, was found dead this week in Pittsburgh, according to reports. 

KDKA Pittsburgh reported Gove died of a drug overdose. He was 38. 

He played four years at Western Michigan from 1997 to 2001. In his senior year he scored 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in just 39 games for the Broncos.

He spent the next decade playing in several professional leagues including two games at the highest level of hockey. He played 17 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2001-02. In 2005-06, Gove scored 46 points in 65 games with the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters. He eventually appeared in two NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Gove most recently coached the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers in 2015-16. 


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