Doug Houda came to the Bruins organization following three seasons as an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Amerks had a 125-86-16-13 record over his three seasons as an assistant coach, including a 51-19-4-6 record and a franchise-record of 112 points in 2004-05, which was the top record in the AHL that season.
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.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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