TAMPA, FL - MARCH 26: The Tampa Bay Lightning new coach Jon Cooper speaks at a press conference before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 26, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning hired Cooper as their new coach Monday. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate. He is replacing Guy Boucher, who was fired Sunday after 2 1/2 years with the team. Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Scott Audette/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