MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 26: Rene Bourque #17 of the Montreal Canadiens put a lavender tape on his stick to support the Hockey Fight Cancer Awareness Night at the Bell Centre before the game against the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game on October 26, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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