Saranac Lake Ice Hockey team, 1901. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 13, 1998 Sport, in many forms, has always been important to the Saranac Lake area, from the earliest native hunters and trappers, to the gentleman sportsmen of the mid-1800s and after, to today's hikers and skiers. Saranac Lake hosted international winter sports competition decades before Lake Placid's 1932 Winter Olympics.