COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 7: Assistant Coach Dan Hinote of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads Colton Gillies #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in a skating drill during the morning skate before playing the Vancouver Canucks on March 7, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (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