BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 13: Tyler Ennis #63 of the Buffalo Sabres wears a sticker on his helmet honoring former Sabres player Rick Martin before their game against the Ottawa Senators at HSBC Arena on March 13, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Martin, a Buffalo Sabres Hall of Famer and member of the famed French Connection, passed away, suddenly, hours before the game in Clarence, NY. (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