While we lost some delegates from hard-earned states like Florida and New York, we picked up some new states in 2009, thanks to Mr. James Dittrich, our sole representative from Alaska, Mr. Steve Schernecker from Needham, Massachusetts, and my old linemate from Lawrence University, proud Minnesotan Mike Lenz.
All told, 48 of you rose to the challenge this year, shattering the participation mark established in last year's test of wills. Well done, ladies and gentlemen. You're all winners in my book. Now let's play some hockey.