Being drafted by a professional organization is every young hockey player’s dream. Bob Gould lived that dream, twice. While playing at the University of New Hampshire, Gould was drafted by both the Atlanta Flames of the NHL (118th overall) and the Calgary Cowboys of the WHA (70th overall). He never played in the WHA, instead starting his NHL career with the Atlanta Flames during the 1979-80 season.
Gould spent three seasons bouncing between the minor leagues and then the NHL before the Capitals gave him the opportunity to play full-time. Before arriving in Washington, Gould played in 20 games for the Flames organization, recording three goals and six points. Things quickly changed when he arrived in the District in a Nov. 1981 trade; in his first 60 games he recorded 18 goals and 31 points. He would go on to record 276 points (134 goals, 142 assists) in 600 career games with the Capitals.
His success on the ice did not go unrecognized, as he was named an alternate captain while with the Capitals.
“For a third line player it was quite an honor,” stated Gould. Even with his personal success on the ice, Gould is most fond of the team’s success during his time in Washington. The Capitals would reach the playoffs seven of the eight seasons Gould spent with the team, but it was the 1982-83 season when the Capitals reached the Patrick Division semifinals for the first time in franchise history that Gould found the most special.
“One of my favorite moments was when the Capitals first reached the playoffs,” recalled Gould. “We lost to the Islanders, but the fans finally had the opportunity to see a playoff game. It was really exciting.”
Gould was traded to the Boston Bruins in September 1989, where he played one final season in the NHL. He spent the next year with the Maine Mariners of the AHL, where he served as a player/assistant coach. He retired from the game at the age of 34.
After his retirement, Gould returned to Ontario, where he currently lives with his wife Janice. In addition to being a teacher, Gould is also an active farmer. He and his wife have three children, two girls and a boy.