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Amerks’ Houda heading to Boston

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today announced that Doug Houda has been named assistant coach.

Houda, 40, has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, joining the Amerks’ staff under Randy Cunneyworth after his retirement in 2003.

In 2004-05, the Amerks set a franchise record with 112 points in the regular season and won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for having the best record in the league. Rochester went 125-97-18 in Houda’s three seasons as an assistant.

Houda played 550 games in the AHL over his 17-year professional career, winning a Calder Cup championship with Rochester in 1996 and returning to the Finals in 2000. He compiled 55 goals and 183 assists for 238 points, along with 1,191 penalty minutes, skating for Rochester and Adirondack, and was a First Team AHL All-Star in 1987-88.

Houda also played 561 games in the NHL with Buffalo, Detroit, Anaheim, the N.Y. Islanders, Los Angeles and Hartford.