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HOCKDISH: Episode 14 - David La Vaque and L.R. Nelson

Welcome to Hockdish, the casserole of hockey podcasts! In this episode we interview David Le Vaque and L.R. Nelson, co-authors of Tourney Time: Stories from the Minnesota Boys State Hockey Tournament

In Tourney Time, longtime sports journalists David La Vaque and L. R. Nelson take readers year by year through the tournament, highlighting the key games, the backstories, and the players that made each one shine.

Also in this episode:
  • How Tom and David met
  • Why they wanted to co-author Tourney Time together
  • The writing and publishing process
  • David’s favorite season of the MSHSL

HockDish is a weekly hockey podcast with Stanley Cup winner Tom Chorske, who will bring in people from around the world of hockey in this interview-format podcast! HockDish, available now from Zone Coverage.

Tom Chorske (@hockeylogicis a retired American hockey player who played eleven seasons in the NHL, winning a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. He went to high school at Minneapolis Southwest High School, and was named Mr. Hockey as the states most outstanding high school hockey player in 1985.

Chorske retired from hockey in 2002 and returned to the University of Minnesota to complete his undergraduate degree. He is now a father to two high school hockey players, and works as an analyst for Fox Sports North covering the Minnesota Wild and University of Minnesota Golden Gopher NCAA hockey games. 

David La Vaque is a reporter for the Star Tribune and has been the newspaper’s point person for high school hockey since 2010. He has covered the state tournament in its entirety each year, writing enterprise pieces on the sport and selecting the paper’s All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year.

L. R. Nelson is an author, freelance journalist, and photographer and the founder and president of LegacyHockey.net, Minnesota’s number one resource for high school hockey’s past, present, and future.

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