COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 3: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 3, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. O'Reilly is playing in his first game this season with the Avalanche after signing his new contract. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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