NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 02: Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens gets behind goalie Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils and scores a goal just seconds after the start of a hockey game at the Prudential Center on December 2, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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