PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 26: Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Craig Rivet #52 of the Buffalo Sabres pose for a ceremonial puck drop prior to thier game on October 26, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dropping the puck is Donna Ashbee, wife of the late Flyer Barry Ashbee #4, with her children Heather and Danny. They were presented with Barry's retired #4 banner during the pre-game ceremony. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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