LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings and Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets fall to the ice going after the puck during the first period at Staples Center on February 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/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