Boston Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda played 561 games in the NHL. He had 1,104 penalty minutes over that span. So you know he’s a tough guy. But now that he’s behind the bench, he probably doesn’t need that old-fashioned toughness anymore, right?

As we found out during the Bruins game against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night, he’s still got it.

After taking a puck off the top of the head and being pretty severely cut, Houda had to leave the bench. Oddly enough, he was smiling about the whole thing as he held a towel to his head to deal with the bleeding.

Doug Houda smiles as he comes off the bench after being hit by the puck (and splitting his head open).. hockey, man. pic.twitter.com/NEYNvjz39m

— Weekend at Bergy’s (@weekendatbergys) October 16, 2014

He didn’t miss much time at all. Houda got some staples in the dome and went right back to the bench. Yup, staples. Apparently stitches would have taken too long?

The damage to Doug Houda’s dome. Took a puck off the head. pic.twitter.com/nafzGvJmcw

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 16, 2014

That’s hockey, I guess. Even the coaches are insane.

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