Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 21: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Mike Knuble #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers as they chase the loose puck during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center April 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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