Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Game Five
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings watch for the puck next to goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Red Wings in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 25, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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