Willie O'Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL, is introduced for a ceremonial puck drop prior to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers on February 9, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. February is Hockey is for Everyone Month as the NHL recognizes the expanding diversity of its players and fans. (Photo by Al Bello/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