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Paul Mara
Paul Mara
Defenseman
(MAIR-uh)
Number: 27
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 211
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 7, 1979
Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ, United States
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Acquired: Acquired from the Boston Bruins on February 27 in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward.
Drafted: TBL / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (7th overall)
2008 TRAINING CAMP PROFILE PAGE

2007-08 SEASON:
Skated in 61 games with the Rangers, registering one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 52 penalty minutes ... Ranked third on the team among defensemen in assists (16) ... Ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots (74) ... Logged 21:24 of icetime in his return to the lineup on Mar. 25 vs. Philadelphia after missing the previous 12 games with a facial injury suffered on Feb. 23 at Buffalo ... Collected his 150th career assist in a 6-1 win at Toronto on Dec. 29 ... Logged 14:05 of ice time on Dec. 7 at Atlanta in his return to the lineup after missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury suffered on Nov. 29 vs. the Islanders ... Also appeared in 10 post-season contests with the Rangers, recording one assist and 20 penalty minutes.

2006-07 SEASON:
Skated in 78 games with the Rangers and Bruins, registering five goals and 18 assists, along with 113 penalty minutes … In 19 games with the Rangers, recorded two goals and three assists, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating … Ranked second on the team in total icetime per game (22:08) … The Rangers posted a 12-3-4 record with him in the lineup … Skated in his 500th career game on Apr. 3 at NY Islanders … Registered his 200th career point with a power play assist on Mar. 17 vs. Boston … Notched his first goal as a Ranger, a power play tally, on Mar. 8 at Long Island … Tied a season-high with six shots on goal on Mar.5 vs.NY Islanders … Registered his first point as a Ranger, a power play assist, and posted a plus-one rating on Mar.3 vs.St.Louis … Was unavailable to dress on Feb. 27 vs. Montreal after being acquired by the Rangers earlier in the day … Also appeared in 59 games with Boston, registering three goals and 15 assists for 18 points, along with 95 penalty minutes … Skated in 10 post season games with the Rangers, registering two goals and two assists, along with 18 penalty minutes ...Tied for second on the team in power play goals (two) in the post season ... Notched his first career playoff goal, a power play tally, on Apr. 27 at Buffalo.

2005-06 SEASON: Collected 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points, along with 70 penalty minutes in 78 games with Phoenix … Established career-highs in goals (15), power play goals (eight) and points (47) … Led team defensemen in goals (15), power play goals (eight), assists (32), points (47), and shots on goal (157) … Marked the seventh straight season he improved his point total ... His 15 goals were the most by a Phoenix defenseman since 1992-93 (Fredrik Olausson, 16) ... Had nine  multiple-point games ... Skated in his 400th career NHL game on Feb. 2 vs. Dallas ... Posted a  hree-game point scoring streak from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22 (one goal and two assists) … Recorded his 100th career NHL assist on the overtime goal Oct. 25 vs.St.Louis ...Missed four games with a rib injury and the flu.

2004-05 SEASON: Skated in 35 games with Hannover of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (Germany), registering five goals and 13 assists for 18 points, along with 89 penalty minutes ... Led the team in penalty minutes (89) and ranked second on the team in scoring among defensemen with 18 points.

2003-04 SEASON: Skated in 81 games for the Coyotes, registering six goals and 36 assists for 42 points, along with 48 penalty minutes … Established career-highs in games played (81), assists (36), and average ice time (23:37) ... Tied for sixth in NHL in assists (36) and power play assists (22) among defensemen ... Tied for 14th in NHL in scoring among defensemen with 42 points ... Ranked second on the team in assists (36) and fourth in points (42) ... Led team in average icetime (23:37) and power play assists (22) ... Rank second on the team in power play points (23) ... Led team defensemen in assists (36) and points (42) ...Ranked fifth on team in shots (140) ...Recorded 16 points (two goals and 14 assists) in his last 24 games ... Had seven multiple-point games and two, three-point games ... Recorded a career-high eight shots on goal on Feb.21 vs.Nashville ...Missed one game (Dec.12) with the flu ... Registered his 100th career NHL point with an assist on Nov. 19 vs. St. Louis ...Posted a career-high four-game assist streak from Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 (one goal and seven assists) ... Recorded a career-high, three assists on Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia.

2002-03 SEASON: Recorded 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with 78 penalty minutes in 73 games with Phoenix ... Registered his first career ten-goal season ... Among Coyotes  defensemen, ranked first in goals (10), second in points (25) and third in assists (15) ... Missed nine games (Mar. 2 to Mar. 18) due to a shoulder sprain suffered on Feb. 28 vs. Anaheim ... Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Oct. 24 vs. Colorado.

2001-02 SEASON: In 75 games with the Coyotes, collected seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, along with 58 penalty minutes ... Among team defensemen, ranked second in goals (seven), third in assists (17) and third in points (24) ...Participated in the inaugural NHL Young Stars Game as part of the NHL All-Star Friday, registering three assists ... The Coyotes were 12-4-3-1 when he registered a point... Recorded two goals and one assist on Jan. 9 vs. San Jose ... Missed seven games due to injury (5-bruised foot; 2-bruised wrist) … Also appeared in five postseason games … Ranked second on team in average ice time (22:57) ...Skated in his first NHL playoff game and led all players with 29:08 of ice time on Apr. 17 at San Jose.

2000-01 SEASON: Split the season between Phoenix and Tampa Bay, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points, along with 54 penalty minutes in 62 games …Recorded four assists in 16 games after being acquired by Phoenix on Mar. 5 ... Registered a career-high four points (two goals and two assists) on Nov. 5 vs.Washington ...Missed ten games with abdominal injuries.

1999-2000 SEASON:
In 54 games with Tampa Bay, registered seven goals and 11 assists for 18  points, along with 73 penalty minutes … Ranked fourth on the team in power play goals (four) … Led team rookies in goals (seven) and points (18) ...Averaged 23:13 of total icetime … Notched a goal and two assists on Jan. 11 vs. New Jersey ... Missed 13 games with a broken jaw.

1998-99 SEASON: Appeared in one game with Tampa Bay after finishing his final junior season
in Plymouth (OHL) … Recorded a goal and an assist in his NHL debut on Apr. 17 at Florida.

EUROPEAN CAREER: 2004-05: Skated in 35 games with Hannover of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (Germany), registering five goals and 13 assists for 18 points, along with 89 penalty minutes ... Led the team in penalty minutes (89) and ranked second on the team in scoring among defensemen with 18 points.

MINOR LEAGUE CAREER: Skated in 25 games with the Detroit Vipers (IHL) from 1999-2001, registering six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. 1999-00: Began the season with Detroit (IHL), collecting three goals and five assists for eight points in 15 games before his Nov. 8 recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 2000-01: Recalled from Detroit (IHL) to the Phoenix Coyotes on Mar. 6 ... Notched three goals and three assists, along with 22 penalty minutes in 10 games with Detroit (IHL) ... Was reassigned to Detroit (IHL) from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 13.

JUNIOR CAREER: Appeared in 146 games over three seasons with Sudbury and Plymouth of the  Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 38 goals and 108 assists for 146 points, along with 265 penalty minutes. 1996-97: In his first junior season, recorded 43 points (nine goals and 34 assists) in 44 games with Sudbury … His 34 assists was tied for third on the team … Led team defensemen in goals (nine), assists (34) and points (43) … Appeared in the OHL All-Star Game and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team … Also competed in the Top Prospects Game. 1997-98: Split the season between Plymouth and Sudbury (OHL) … Began the season with Sudbury, registering eight goals and 18 assists, along with 79 penalty minutes in 25 games … After being acquired by Plymouth, collected eight goals and 15 assists, along with 30 penalty minutes in 25 games … At season’s end, led Plymouth in scoring among defensemen with 49 points … In 15 postseason contests, recorded 17 points (three goals and 14 assists) and 30 penalty minutes … Led the team in postseason assists (14) and ranked third on the team in playoff scoring with 17 points. 1998-99: Played his final junior season in Plymouth (OHL) and finished with 54 points (13 goals and 41 assists), along with a plus-25 rating and 95 penalty minutes … Led team defensemen in assists (41) and ranked second among Plymouth defensemen with 54 points... In 11 postseason games, collected 12 points (five goals and seven assists).

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Represented Team USA in three World Junior Championships (1997, 1998, 1999) winning a Silver medal in 1997 … At the 1998 tournament, collected one goal and one assist in seven games … Registered five points (one goal and four assists) in six games at the 1999 World Juniors ... Also captured a Bronze medal with Team USA in the 2004 World Championships, recording one goal and two assists in nine games.

BACKGROUND: Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey but grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts ... Enjoys boating, water sports, fishing and golf ... Also played baseball and football in High School ... Idolized Ray Bourque and Brian Leetch while growing up … His older brother Rob was drafted by Chicago in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft … Married: wife, Katie.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
June 21, 1997 - Tampa Bay's first choice, seventh overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Mar. 5, 2001 - Traded to Phoenix from Tampa Bay along with Mike Johnson, Ruslan Zainullin and 2001 second round draft pick (Matthew Spiller), in exchange for Nikolai Khabibulin and Stan Neckar. June 26, 2006 - Traded to Boston from Phoenix in exchange for Nick Boynton. Feb. 27, 2007 - Traded to the Rangers from Boston in exchange for Aaron Ward.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 4, (3 times), last - 11/4/06 - 11/11/06 (6 assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 2, (5 times), last - 1/9/07 - 1/11/07 (2 goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 4, (twice), last -11/4/06 - 11/11/06 (6 assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME:
2, (three times), last – Dec. 29, 2006 at L.A. (LaBarbera)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3 (twice), last - Jan. 18, 2008 at Buf.

MOST POINTS, GAME:
4, Nov. 5, 2000 vs. Wsh.

MOST PIM, GAME:
19, (twice), last – Jan. 20, 2007 vs. Ott.

MOST SHOTS, GAME:
8, Feb. 21, 2004 vs. Nsh.

FIRST NHL GAME: Apr. 17, 1998 at Fla.

FIRST NHL GOAL:
Apr. 17, 1998 at Fla. (McLean)