OTTAWA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Members of the management and coaching staff Tim Murray, Brad Lauer, Cory Clouston, Luke Richardson, Bryan Murray, Eli Wilson Greg Carvel and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators show off their Hockey Fights Cancer ties prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place on October 15, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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