NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Nik Antropov #80 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Scott Gomez #19 and Sean Avery #16 on April 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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