NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: Former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck during pregame warmups prior to playing in his first game back in New Jersey against at the Prudential Center on March 20, 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