RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 19: A participant has her head shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research on Cancer Awareness Night, prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on March 19, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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