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Two-Man Advantage

David La Vaque has covered all but one state hockey tournament game since 2009 and has worked as a Star Tribune high school sports reporter since 2004. His favorite tournament experiences include cheering for alma mater St. Paul Johnson in 1991 and staying for most of the Apple Valley/Duluth East marathon semifinal game in 1996. Loren Nelson has covered every state tournament since 2009 as the national media editor for Sport Ngin. He attended many, many other Tourney games as a high schooler from the far northern reaches of Minnesota making the annual pilgrimage south to the old St. Paul Civic Center in the 1980s.

Day 4 All-Tournament Team

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine 04/03/2021, 11:30pm CDT

Eden Prairie's overtime hero, Gentry Academy's shutdown defenseman top list of Championship Saturday standouts.

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11-OT game in 1955 was almost declared a forfeit

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine 04/03/2021, 4:30pm CDT

Last-minute arrival of borrowed jerseys allowed Thief River Falls to face Minneapolis South

Day 3 All-Tournament Team

By David La Vaque and Loren Nelson 04/02/2021, 11:30pm CDT

Brody Lamb Show continues for Dodge County; Carter Batchelder's three goals does the trick for Eden Prairie

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Hockey connections preserve 'bigger than Christmas' tradition for Greenway native

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune 04/02/2021, 1:30pm CDT

Longtime tournament fan Jerry Drewes will be at Friday's evening session thanks to the generosity of Eden Prairie athletic director Russ Reetz.

Community hockey alive and well in small-town Minnesota

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine 04/01/2021, 11:00pm CDT

Little Falls and Dodge County offer examples of kids forming deep bonds starting when they were old enough to skate.

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  • Day 2 All-Tournament Team

  • By Loren Nelson and David La Vaque 03/31/2021, 11:00pm CDT
  • Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Maple Grove each have two players listed among those who excelled in Class 2A quarterfinals.
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  • Five reasons Edina became a state champion

  • By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune 03/11/2024, 9:30am CDT
  • The 14th state championship for Edina/Edina East featured, of course, a hot goalie, but it also came with a list of intangible reasons for success.
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