Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes, Game Four
RALEIGH, NC - MAY 26: Fans tailgate before the Carolina Hurricanes face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final series of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at RBC Center May 26, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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