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Rangers' Martin St. Louis announces retirement

New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis

New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis is seen during a practice at the MSG Training Facility on Friday, May 15, 2015. The Rangers play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

Martin St. Louis, the high-scoring right wing who won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and played with the Rangers since March 2014, retired Thursday.

"I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL," said St. Louis, 40, who scored 15 points in 25 playoff games in the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and had 21 goals and 52 points last season. "I've dedicated my life to being the best player I could be, and now want to turn more of my focus to my three boys."

St. Louis, who was acquired from Tampa Bay on March 5, 2014, for Ryan Callahan and draft picks, said he considered his future after the Rangers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals May 29. His play diminished in the second half of the season and he scored only one goal in 19 postseason games. He was not offered another contract by the Rangers.

The 5-8, 180-pound forward had asked for a trade to the Rangers after disagreements with Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, and in part because his family spent summers in Connecticut.

St. Louis, a native of Laval, Quebec, was an All-American at the University of Vermont and had 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 NHL games. He won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 2004, captured the Art Ross Trophy twice as the league's leading scorer and earned the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship three times. He also was on Canada's gold-medal team at the 2014 Winter Games and is certain to be considered for the Hall of Fame.


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