TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 26: Matt Gilroy #97 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is greeted by fans as he heads out for pre-game skate against the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 26, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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