Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game 2
DETROIT - MAY 31: Fans wait to enter Joe Louis Arena before Game Two of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings on May 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (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