On July 2, 2015, Martin St. Louis announces the end of his 16-year career in the NHL. The player, whose career ends with 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points in 1,134 regular season games, has accomplished a great deal during his time as a professional hockey player.
“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” the now former player states. “I would like to thank my 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.”
St. Louis’s career includes playing right wing for the Calgary Flames from 1998-2000, the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2000-2014, and the New York Rangers from 2014-2015. He leaves the game having been in seven NHL All-Star Games, earning All NHL Second Team honors four times, and All First Team honors once.
The 2014 Winter Games Olympic gold medalist started out playing hockey for the University of Vermont. He took his college team, the Catamounts, to the NCAA Frozen Four in 1996, while earning All American status from 1994-1995 to 1996-1997.
The Quebec native continues to thank all of those who he’s worked with over the years and says that he will be focusing on his family following retirement, “I have had the good fortune of working with some incredible players and trainers throughout my career who I am grateful to also call good friends. I am also thankful to all of the fans who have supported me through the years; it has meant so much to me. I have dedicated my life to being the best player I could be and now I want to turn my focus to my three boys. I look forward to this next chapter of my life and the time I will have with my family.”
St. Louis, his wife Heather, and his sons Ryan (12), Lucas (10), and Mason (7), all reside in Connecticut. All of his sons also aspire to be hockey players in the NHL.