VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 27: Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks battles Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of the net as teammate Jimmy Howard #35 gets into position during their game at General Motors Place on October 27, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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