|The Alberta native was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings as their second pick, 28th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and the defenseman enjoyed a 15-year career in the National Hockey League. He had 19-63-82 totals and 1,104 PIM in 561 career NHL games with Buffalo, Detroit, the Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He also played over 500 games at the AHL level over his 17-year professional playing career. He joined the Amerks' coaching staff upon his retirement as a player in 2003, spending his final playing season as the Rochester captain. Houda and his wife Shelley have two children, son Kris and daughter Toni.