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Author Interviews


Dec. 8, 2020

On the Pond

The boys from On the Pond talk all things state tourney with Loren Nelson and David La Vaque, who also provide a preview of the upcoming high school season.

Nov. 22, 2020

Bardown Beauties

David La Vaque joins the Bardown Beauties to talk about high school sports coverage and Tourney Time in Episode 49.

Interview with David La Vaque starts at 25 minutes, 55 seconds

March 1, 2020

Youth Hockey Hub

Danny Ryan, Tony Scott and Karl Schuettler talk with co-author David La Vaque about Tourney Time and the process of writing it during a span of almost three years.

Interview with co-author David La Vaque starts at 44:18

Feb. 29, 2020

Beyond the Pond

Kevin Falness, Pat Micheletti, Mark Parrish and Zach Halverson interview the co-authors about Tourney Time and get their state tournament and Mr. Hockey predictions.

Interview with David La Vaque and Loren Nelson starts at 1 hour, 17 minutes

Feb. 22, 2020

The Bruce Ciskie Show

Bruce Ciskie chats with the authors about their inspiration and some of their highlights in the creation of Tourney Time.

Jan. 28, 2020

Southwest Newspapers

Southwest News Media's sports editors interview David La Vaque and Loren Nelson on their Sports 4 Dummies podcast.

Jan. 21, 2020

Trek to the X

Tourney Time authors David La Vaque and Loren Nelson share their favorite stories from the book and moments in their three-year journey writing it with KFAN's Brandon Mileski.

Jan. 21, 2020

Overtime Hockey Podcast

Authors David La Vaque and L.R. Nelson sit down for an extended chat with Pete Waggoner for a segment on his Overtime Hockey Podcast.

Dec. 8, 2019

Hockdish podcast

Listen to the authors interviewed by Tom Chorske on his Hockdish Podcast. 


March 21, 2020

The Rink Live

Jess Myers writes about Tourney Time as a way to help pass the time with hockey on hiatus: "If you are a Minnesota high school hockey fan, this coffee table book is a place where one can escape for hours, with in-depth looks at the stories, both the legendary and the untold, from dynasties like Eveleth, St. Paul Johnson, Bloomington Jefferson and Edina and from well-known characters who burst onto the scene and cemented their names in tourney lore."

Feb. 18, 2020

Rochester Post-Bulletin

Jason Feldman interviews the authors who discuss the importance of the 1977 chapter devoted to Rochester John Marshall's stunning upset of Edina East in the championship game.

Feb. 6, 2020

Star Tribune's Puck Drop

The Star Tribune's Joe Christensen gives his initial reaction after seeing Tourney Time and provides an excerpt from the book's 1996 chapter featuring the epic semifinal game between Duluth East and Apple Valley that lasted five overtimes.

Feb. 4, 2020

Sun Newspapers/

Jason Olson, sports editor for Sun Newspapers in St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Richfield and Bloomington, offers an in-depth look at Tourney Time and the process authors David La Vaque and Loren Nelson used in writing it.

Jan. 28, 2020

International Falls Journal

Sports writer Colton Jeffries highlights the heavy International Falls flavor in Tourney Time, offering an excerpt from the 1965 chapter featuring one of the state's greatest teams.

Jan. 28, 2020

Southwest Newspapers

Eric Kraushar, sports editor at Southwest Newspapers, shares highlights of an interview with the authors, leading with an excerpt from the epic 1996 state tournament semifinal game between Duluth East and Apple Valley.

Jan. 17, 2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes about the inspiration behind Tourney Time and reviews excerpts from the book.


March 23, 2022
April 21, 2020

KDSM Radio

Will Heyer, sports director of KDSM Radio in International Falls, chats with co-author David La Vaque about Tourney Time, which includes several chapters focusing on championship International Falls teams.

Tourney Time discussion begins at 8:55

March 27, 2020

Twin Cities Public Television

Co-author David La Vaque talks about the origins of the state tournament and some of the early powerhouses such as Eveleth and St. Paul Johnson with Eric Eskola on Almanac, a weekly news and public affairs program.

March 6, 2020


Tom Hauser interviews the authors and shares how Minnetonka's 2018 championship, featured in the book, struck a personal chord.

March 6, 2020

MPR News

Tom Crann is joined by David La Vaque for a segment on MPR News' All Things Considered program.

March 6, 2020

Minnesota Score Radio

Wally Langfellow and Dave Love interview authors David La Vaque and Loren Nelson during the state tournament at the Let's Play Hockey Expo.

March 3, 2020

Minnesota Prep Spotlight

David La Vaque and Loren Nelson talk about the inspiration for the book Tourney Time and what they hope it delivers to readers.

March 3, 2020

93X Half-Assed Morning Show

Discussion about Tourney Time's Top 10 Celebrity Sightings chart begins at 1:34:40

Feb. 29, 2020


Dave Schwartz sits down with the Tourney Time authors to discuss several of the tournament's most memorable moments.

Feb. 25, 2020

AM 1240 WJON

David La Vaque and Loren Nelson join Dave Overlund on WJON's "Hang Up and Listen" to talk about the amount of work it took to put together Tourney Time, the different arenas the tournament has been played in over the years, the most hated team in tournament history and more.

Nov. 25, 2019

Interview with WCCO's Steve Thomson