David Gove, Wheeling Nailers


David Gove was named interim head coach for Wheeling on Dec. 22, 2015 after Clark Donatelli was named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was in his first season as the club’s assistant coach prior to taking over the head coaching role.

Following a four-year collegiate career at Western Michigan University, Gove made the leap to the pro game, joining the then IHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, who went on to win the last-ever Turner Cup championship in 2001. Gove frequently found himself on the winning side of the leger during his career, as he reached the Calder Cup Final with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2008, and the Eastern Conference Final with the Providence Bruins in 2005. He was also a member of the Carolina Hurricanes organization, when they hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2006, and in 2008-09, he served as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain. Gove’s professional career spanned 522 games in five different leagues, topping out in the NHL with Carolina.

Gove is joined in Wheeling by his fiancée, Katie, and son, Cullen.