BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Mike Modano #90 of the Detroit Red Wings is welcomed by fans as he returns to action for a game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on February 26, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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