ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 31: St. Louis Blues fan dresses up in a halloween costume for a game against the Florida Panthers on October 31, 2009 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Kids 12 and under wearing a costume receive a free ticket for the game. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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