STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 03: Fans que to buy merchandise during the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm match between St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings at the Ericsson Globe on October 3, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Paul Gilham/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