U.S. vice presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and her daughter Piper greet Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings after dropping the ceremonial first puck before a St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/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