DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 19: A fan holds up a sign as Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Detroit Red Wings skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena on December 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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