WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 17: Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks speaks with the media at the Fairmont Hotel on December 17, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks are set to play against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the MTS Centre. This is the first time Selanne has returned to play hockey in Winnipeg, where he began his NHL hockey career with the original Winnipeg Jets in 1992. He was traded in 1996. (Photo by Marianne Helm/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