NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals (C) scores a first period goal against the New York Rangers and is joined by Eric Fehr #16 (L) and Alex Ovechkin #8 (R) at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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