September 7, 1979 |
Ridgewood, NJ, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||7th overall, 1997
Tampa Bay Lightning
Paul Richard Mara (born September 7, 1979) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). 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.
After playing two seasons of high school level hockey in Massachusetts for Belmont Hill School 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. 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."
Mara was drafted in the first round, 7th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. 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.
On July 10, 2009, Mara signed with the Montreal Canadiens.
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 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.
|Competitor for United States|
Regular season and playoffs
|1998–99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||1||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||54||7||11||18||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||46||6||10||16||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|Junior int'l totals||19||2||5||7||28|
|Senior int'l totals||9||1||2||3||8|
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- "1997 NHL Entry Draft". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- Aintabi, Elie (10 July 2009). "Paul Mara Signs $1.9 Million Deal With Montreal Canadiens". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- Hendrick, Laura. "Reign Sign NHL Veteran to Blue Line". Ontario Reign. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
|Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick