GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: The Phoenix Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena staff put white pom poms in every seat in preparation for the 2009-2010 Coyotes home opener White Out against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 10, 2009 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via 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