Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Houda
Doug Houda was selected in the second round, 28th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He got his first taste of major junior hockey at the age of 15, playing three games with the Calgary Wranglers of the WHL. At 16, he played a full 71-game season, scoring 28 points. In his final full season with the Wranglers in 1984-85, he scored 74 points in 65 games while picking up 182 minutes in penalties. He did play 51 games in the WHL the following year with Calgary and Medicine Hat while also suiting up for his first pro game as a member of the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings, where he played in seven playoff games.

In 1985-86, he played in his first six NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings. He spent the entire following year in the minors before getting his second crack at the big leagues, playing in eleven more games for Detroit. But it was 1988-89, when he appeared in 57 games, that Houda really got the opportunity to get comfortable in the NHL, and he responded by playing solid defensive hockey while also chipping in with 13 points.

After another year-and-half of bouncing up and down between the NHL and the minors, Houda was sent to the Hartford Whalers where he stayed for a little over two years before moving on to the Los Angeles Kings for 54 games in 1993-94.

Houda joined the Buffalo Sabres in the shortened 1994-95 season and stayed with the club for two years before moving on to the New York Islanders. He also had a short-lived stint in Anaheim before having a second go-round with the Red Wings and the Sabres.

Houda continues to play hockey in the minors with the AHL's Rochester Americans.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Calgary Canucks AMHL
1981-82 Calgary Wranglers WHL 3 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Calgary Wranglers WHL 71 5 23 28 99 16 1 3 4 44
1983-84 Calgary Wranglers WHL 69 6 30 36 195 4 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Calgary Wranglers WHL 65 20 54 74 182 8 3 4 7 29
1984-85 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 7 0 2 2 10
1985-86 Calgary Wranglers WHL 16 4 10 14 60
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 35 9 23 32 80 25 4 19 23 64
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 4 -7
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 77 6 23 29 142 11 1 8 9 50
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 1 1 2 10 0
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 71 10 32 42 169 11 0 3 3 44
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 2 11 13 67 +17 6 0 1 1 0
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 7 0 3 3 8
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 2 9 11 127 -5
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 0 4 4 43 -2
1990-91 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 38 9 17 26 67
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 1 2 3 41 -3 6 0 0 0 8
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 3 6 9 125 -2 6 0 2 2 13
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 60 2 6 8 167 -19
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 7 0 0 0 23 -4
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 2 6 8 165 -15
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 1 2 3 68 +1
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 1 3 4 52 +3
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 21 1 6 7 41 19 3 5 8 30
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 70 2 8 10 99 +1
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 3 0 0 0 7
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 31 1 2 3 47 -6
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 24 1 2 3 52 -5
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -2
1998-99 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 73 7 21 28 122 -13 3 0 1 1 4
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 12 0
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 79 7 17 24 175 +14 21 1 8 9 39
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 43 6 20 26 106 +11 4 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 64 6 22 28 170 +9 2 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -2
2002-03 Rochester Americans AHL 77 3 22 25 191 +17 3 0 2 2 22
NHL Totals 561 19 63 82 1104 18 0 3 3 21


WHL East Second All-Star Team (1985)
AHL First All-Star Team (1988)
Traded to Hartford by Detroit for Doug Crossman, February 20, 1991. Traded to Los Angeles by Hartford for Marc Potvin, November 3, 1993. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles for Sean O'Donnell, July 26, 1994. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, October 26, 1996. Traded to Anaheim by NY Islanders with Travis Green and Tony Tuzzolino for Joe Sacco, J.J. Daigneault and Mark Janssens, February 6, 1998. Traded to Detroit by Anaheim for future considerations, October 9, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 13, 1999.
Officially announced retirement, August 27, 2003.
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