Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes, Game Three
RALEIGH, NC - MAY 23: Fans enter the RBC Center before the Carolina Hurricanes face the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 23, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (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