SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 12: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at SAP Center on December 12, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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