The 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship marked the second time Paul Mara served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women's National Team. He served in the same capacity for the U.S. Women's National Team for a two-game series vs. Canada in December 2016, including the Team USA Winter Champions Series contest in Plymouth, Mich.
The defenseman played parts of 12 seasons in the NHL and was a bronze medalist with Team USA at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.
Mara played 734 NHL games and accumulated 253 points (64g, 189a) with six different franchises, including the Tampa Bay Lightning (1998-2001), Phoenix Coyotes (2001-06), Boston Bruins (2006-07), New York Rangers (2007-09), Anaheim Ducks (2010-11) and Montreal Canadiens (2009-10, 2011). His best season came in 2005-06 with the Coyotes, in which Mara led all Phoenix defensemen with a career-high 47 points (15g, 32a).
On the international stage, Mara competed in three-consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships (1997-99) with Team USA, appearing in 19 games and totaling seven points (2g, 5a). He also notched a goal and dished out a pair of assists in nine games while helping the U.S. earn a bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
The Belmont, Massachusetts, native played two seasons of high school hockey for Belmont Hill School before playing parts of two seasons each with the Sudbury Wolves (1996-98) and Plymouth Whalers (1997-99).