NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 02: (L-R) Linesman Tony Sericolo, referee Greg Kimmerly, aspiring officials Ryan Siegel of Dayton, New Jersey and Bobby Esposito of Bridgewater, New Jersey, referee Dan O'Rourke and linesman Johnny Murray pose for a phtot during Hockey Weekend Across America prior to the game between the San Jose Sharks and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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