Demong also addressed the whole audience saying, "This is the only room where people can say, 'boy, do you remember when Billy did that stupid thing,' but everyone in this room helped me get here. I hope you all feel like you were a part of it, because you were."
After the ceremony, with the streets still blocked, pedestrians continued to gather together, loosely connected by a lingering vibe of energy and pride. Though lower in the sky, the sun was still bright, the bars and caf were bustling and a street vendor served up some local fare: firehouse dogs and Michigans.
The potential for greatness in these 10 athletes brought the North Country together and, for a moment, Saranac Lake was truly able to shine.