WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 11: Andrew Ladd #16 and Jim Slater #19 of the Winnipeg Jets and Vernon Fiddler #38 of the Dallas Stars stretch on the ice as they take part in the pre-game warm up prior to puck drop at the MTS Centre on October 11, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Lance Thomson/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