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Martin St. Louis retires from NHL after 16 seasons

Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

NEW YORK – Star forward Martin St. Louis has retired from the NHL.

The 16-year veteran was a seven-time all-star and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Undrafted and undersized, St. Louis defied the odds to become a prolific scorer in the NHL.

He had 390 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 games with Calgary, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.

He played on Canada’s championship team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The 40-year-old from Laval, Que., who was an unrestricted free agent, said it’s time to focus on his three sons.

“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL,” St. Louis said in a statement. “It has been an amazing ride.”

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St. Louis won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and Lester B. Pearson (now Ted Lindsay) Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player in 2003-04 and twice captured the Art Ross Trophy by leading the league in points.

Three times he won the Lady Byng Trophy given for gentlemanly conduct.

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