DENVER, CO - MARCH 24: Members of the Avalance quebec pee wee team pose with the Stanley Cup as part of NHL trophy night at the Pepsi Center prior to the Colorado Avalanche against the Vancouver Canucks on March 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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