DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings stands with family, Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Illitch and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. Holmstrom is honored for playing his 1,000th NHL career game before an NHL game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 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