OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Mark Reeds, Rick Wamsley, Jordan Silmser, Bryan Murray, Paul MacLean, Dave Cameron and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators pose with purple ties on Hockey Talks night, in support of Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 23, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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