DETROIT, MI - MAY 06: Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks dives for the puck while Ben Lovejoy #6 and Ryan Getzlaf #15 also of the Ducks defend against Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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