VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 23: Stan Smyl, senior advisor to the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, presents Henrik Sedin #33 of the Canucks with a solid silver hockey stick to commemorate his 1,000th NHL game before playing the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena March 23, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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