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Photo Gallery: Martin St. Louis’ No. 26 goes up in the rafters

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Tampa Bay Lightning retires first number in franchise history.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Martin St. Louis became the first Tampa Bay Lightning player to have his number retired.

With his family by his side, the current team all decked out in jerseys from the Lightning’s Cup-winning year, and former teammates, coaches, general managers and even commissioner Gary Bettman a part of the festivities, an emotional St. Louis saw his number raised in the Amalie Arena rafters before the game against the Blue Jackets.

Everyone from ex-Bolts/current Jackets coach John Tortorella to captain Steven Stamkos spoke before St. Louis took the podium to share what it means to be a Lightning. St. Louis personally addressed both Stamkos and Victor Hedman, two players who St. Louis saw as rookies grow into the players they are today.

Check out all of Raw Charge’s coverage of Martin St. Louis:

Martin St. Louis’ jersey retirement ceremony: One fan’s thoughts

From the Press Box: Memories of Marty

Marty St. Louis is aware that he’s an enormous guy in Tampa