According to Heather Galindo, a beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Aeros have signed veteran defenseman Paul Mara.

On September 26, 2012, Mara signed a one-year contract with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL after spending a total of 13 seasons, 734 games, in the NHL between the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Anaheim Ducks.  Mara played between the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens during the 2010-11 season.  Throughout that year, Mara played in 53 games recording 6 points and 88 penalty minutes.  Last season, he spent the year as a free agent, not playing for any professional club. With the Reign this season, Mara has one goal and 18 points in 28 games.

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, and during the 2004 NHL lockout, Mara joined the Hannover Scorpions of the German league, DEL.

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