Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings - Game Two
DETROIT - APRIL 18: Goalie Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets gets ready to start Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs while the home Detroit Red Wing fans wave their towels on April 18, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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