- 3.1 International
Mara played during his junior time in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves and the Plymouth Whalers. After strong performances he was selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1997 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round in seventh place.
In Tampa, but he could not quite penetrated and played again and again in the farm team for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League. When the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Nikolai the Chabibulin committed, Mara was issued in exchange for the Phoenix Coyotes.
In the strike season of 2004 /05 he played in the DEL for the Hannover Scorpions. After another year in Phoenix, he moved to the Boston Bruins. In February 2007, the Bruins Paul Mara transferred in exchange for Aaron Ward to the New York Rangers. On 10 July 2009 he signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. In September 2010, Mara signed a temporary one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. In February 2011, he gave it off in exchange for a fifth- round vote in the NHL Entry Draft in 2012 to the Montreal Canadiens.
His older brother Rob was selected at the NHL Entry Draft in 1994 by the Chicago Blackhawks, but managed not to jump to the NHL.
Awards and achievements
- 2002 NHL Young Stars Game
- 2008 Victoria Cup win with the New York Rangers
- 2004 bronze medal at the World Championships
Represented the U.S. at:
- World Youth Championship 1997
- Junior World Cup 1998
- U20 Junior World Championship 1999
- World Cup 2004
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )