RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 07: Frantisek Kaberle #5 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates his third period goal with teammates Scott Walker #24, Sergei Samsonov #14, and Niclas Wallin #7 during a NHL game against the New York Islanders on April 7, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Canes defeated the Islanders 9-0. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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