LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Chad Kolarik #52, Kevin Porter #23, Ryan Hollweg #32 and Sami Lepisto #18 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by Keith Yandle in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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