DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 23: Longtime Red Wings broadcaster and Foster Hewitt Award recipient Mickey Redmond and Director of Scouting and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe are honored while taking part in a puck drop ceremony with Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames before an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on November 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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