RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 30: Hockey fans of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks arrive at RBC Center early in spite of a rare ice and snow storm that hit the south on January 30, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday