Paul Mara

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Paul Mara
Paul Mara bloody 2011-03-12.JPG
Mara with the Canadiens in March 2011.
Born (1979-09-07) September 7, 1979 (age 35)
Ridgewood, NJ, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
AHL team
Former teams
Houston Aeros
Tampa Bay Lightning
Phoenix Coyotes
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Anaheim Ducks
Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1997
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1999–2013

Paul Richard Mara (born September 7, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who most recently played for the Houston Aeros of the AHL. He was selected 7th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Mara was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts.

His older brother, Rob Mara, was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in eleventh round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

After playing two seasons of high school level hockey in Massachusetts for Belmont Hill School[2] Paul Mara joined the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League for the 1996–97 season. As part of a three team trade with the Windsor Spitfires Mara was traded to the Plymouth Whalers on December 16, 1997.[3] In reflecting on his move from high school to Junior hockey Mara said, "It was the best decision of my life, to go up to Sudbury."[4]

Professional[edit]

Mara was drafted in the first round, 7th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[5] He spent two seasons between the Lightning and their IHL affiliate team the Detroit Vipers before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001. He played 81 games with the Coyotes in 2003-04. During the 2004 NHL lockout, Mara joined the Hannover Scorpions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

After the lockout, Paul Mara scored a career high 47 points that year. On June 26, 2006, he was traded by the Coyotes to the Boston Bruins for fellow defenseman Nick Boynton.[3]

On February 27, 2007, Mara was traded to the New York Rangers for Aaron Ward.[3] On July 4, 2008, Mara re-signed with the Rangers for one year at $1.95 million.

On July 10, 2009, Mara signed with the Montreal Canadiens.[6]

On September 16, 2010, Mara signed with the Anaheim Ducks for one year at $750,000. After appearing in 33 games with the Ducks to start the 2010–11 season, on February 16, 2011, Mara was traded by the Ducks to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2012 5th round draft pick.

He took a brief break from hockey during the 2011-12 season.

On September 26, 2012, Mara signed a one-year contract with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL.[7]

On January 9, 2013, Mara signed with the Houston Aeros after the team became short on defensemen, with a combination of injuries and the end of the NHL lockout.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague

Mara was a member of the 1996–97, 1997–98, and 1998–99 United States World Junior Championship teams. He also played for the United States at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

Mara with the Rangers in 2008.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Belmont Hill HIGH-MA 28 5 17 22 28
1995–96 Belmont Hill HIGH-MA 28 18 20 38 40
1996–97 Sudbury Wolves OHL 44 9 34 43 61
1997–98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 25 8 18 26 79
1997–98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 25 8 15 23 30 15 3 14 17 30
1998–99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 52 13 41 54 95 11 5 7 12 28
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 1 1 2 0
1999–00 Detroit Vipers IHL 15 3 5 8 22
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 7 11 18 73
2000–01 Detroit Vipers IHL 10 3 3 6 22
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 6 10 16 40
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 16 0 4 4 14
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 7 17 24 58 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 73 10 15 25 78
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 6 36 42 48
2004–05 Hannover Scorpions DEL 35 5 13 18 89
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 15 32 47 70
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 59 3 15 18 95
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 19 2 3 5 18 10 2 2 4 18
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 61 1 16 17 52 10 0 1 1 20
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 76 5 16 21 94 7 1 1 2 8
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 0 8 8 48
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 33 1 1 2 40
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 0 4 4 48 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Ontario Reign ECHL 28 1 17 18 75
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 36 1 10 11 89 5 0 1 1 18
NHL totals 734 64 189 253 776 33 3 4 7 50

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1997 United States WJC 6 0 0 0 0
1998 United States WJC 7 1 1 2 6
1999 United States WJC 6 1 4 5 22
2004 United States WC 9 1 2 3 8
Junior int'l totals 19 2 5 7 28
Senior int'l totals 9 1 2 3 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 NHL Entry Draft". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "NHL Player Bio - Paul Mara". TSN.ca. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "NHL Player Search - Paul Mara". Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Finder, Chuck (17 June 1997). "Blue line special - Defenceman Paul Mara is top rated American in NHL draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. B4. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "1997 NHL Entry Draft". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Aintabi, Elie (10 July 2009). "Paul Mara Signs $1.9 Million Deal With Montreal Canadiens". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Hendrick, Laura. "Reign Sign NHL Veteran to Blue Line". Ontario Reign. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mario Larocque
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
1997
Succeeded by
Vincent Lecavalier