January 9, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Ontario Reign
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign, defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL's 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, announce that NHL veteran defenseman Paul Mara has been called up to the AHL's Houston Aeros.
Mara joined the Reign at the beginning of the 2012-13 season and has appeared in 28 games recording 18 points (1g, 17a) with a plus-minus rating of +14, the fifth best among ECHL defensemen. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was named the team's Alternate Captain in October and was the first veteran NHLer to join the Reign.
The 33-year-old will join Reign Captain, Derek Couture, in Houston who was called up December 31, 2012.
Mara made his professional and NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998 after being chosen by the club in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play with the Lightning until 2001. However, between 1999 and 2001, Mara spent some time in the IHL with the Detroit Vipers for a total of 25 games earning 14 points (6g, 8a). He returned to the Lightning for 46 games and finished 2001 with the Phoenix Coyotes.
From 2000-04 and the 2005-06 season with the Coyotes for a total of 323 games recording 142 points (38g, 104a). During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Mara played overseas with the Hannover Scorpions for 35 games. While there he earned 18 points (5g, 13a). He split the 2006-07 season between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He stayed with the Rangers until the end of the 2008-09 season. The blueliner played in 156 games tallying 43 points (8g, 35a) in New York.
In 2009 Mara signed with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent; he played in 42 games with the team and returned to them for the latter half of the 2010-11 season.
The Reign will head to Alaska to face the Aces for three straight games to finish the teams' five-game home-and-away series. After their Tuesday, Jan. 15 game in Bakersfield the team will return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to face the Las Vegas Wranglers. This is a State Farm 2-for-1 Wednesday so stop by your local State Farm agency to pick up your vouchers! After the game the entire team will be at Boston's to meet and mingle with fans. Don't miss your chance to take pictures and get autographs from the team and enjoy a great dinner at great prices! Click HERE to buy tickets to this game.