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How Paul Mara's new coaching career came out of the red, white and blue

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 8, 2017

Tampa, Fla. – Paul Mara stood on the outskirts Friday afternoon as the Olympic roster for the U.S. Women’s team was announced during a televised event at Amalie Arena.

The former Tampa Bay Lightning first-round pick in 1997, back in the building for the first time since his playing days ended, is now full bore in to his second career as a coach. That new path will lead him to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February for the 2018 Winter Olympics as a member of Team USA women’s hockey team.

”It’s incredible,’’ Mara said. “It’s such a privilege, an honor and a thrill to be part of the Olympic team. We have one goal for the next eight months and that’s what our focus is and that’s to bring home gold.’’

Getting the opportunity to be a part of the Olympics came almost completely out of the red, white and blue.

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