DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 25: Chuck Kobasew #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the puck while playing the Detroit Red Wings in the first period during a pre season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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