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Dirk Hoag started writing about hockey online back in the mid-1990's, for sites such as the (long-gone) In the Crease and e-Sports.com. In 2005, he started On the Forecheck as a general NHL blog, which became, over the course of time, dedicated to Nashville Predators coverage and statistical analysis of the league at large.
Specific aspects of this analysis have been distributed widely (such as the NHL Super Schedule) and cited by mainstream media outlets. Penalty Plus/Minus was even credited with helping Sean Avery win an arbitration case against the New York Rangers.
In October of 2012 he also launched a personal site, Working the Net, dedicated to sharing advice on how to grow an audience online with blogging & social networks, life in the small-but-growing town of Nolensville, Tennessee, and a variety of personal ramblings that don't fit within the confines of OTF.
You can follow him on Twitter (@Forechecker), email him at email@example.com, or view his profile at LinkedIn.
In what seems to be a natural follow-up to yesterday's news about Peter Horachek being fired, the Nashville Predators have hired a new assistant coach in Phil Housley, one of the top offensive defensemen in NHL history.
Former NHL goaltender Darren Pang has made a name for himself as a TV analyst for the last several years, but tonight he dropped a bombshell for Nashville Predators fans.
The Nashville Predators are rewarding a longtime prospect today, by signing Mark Van Guilder to a two-way contract for the next two seasons.
While Smith's 2013 NHL season was an unmitigated train wreck, young forwards with offensive potential probably deserve a second (or third) chance in Nashville, given the team's overall lack of talent up front.
The Nashville Predators were well represented at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships, as defenseman Roman Josi was the standout of the tournament.
Sure, the NHL's best & brightest get their honors at the end of the season, but here at OTF we like to put the spotlight on those players who excelled in the unusual things.
So Darth Vader shows up at a Maple Leafs game... It's your job to fill in the punchline. And, go!
Two battle-hardened defensive stalwarts meet in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as the #4 seed Boston Bruins host the #6 seed New York Rangers tonight in Game One.
An old rivalry is rekindled as the #1 seed Chicago Blackhawks meet #7 Detroit in the playoffs for the 16th time in the storied history of these two franchises. Chicago holds a 8-7 edge in series victories, but can the Red Wings even it up?
The defending Stanley Cup champs drew a familiar foe in the Western Conference Semifinals with division rival San Jose. These two talented teams will put a spotlight on Sunbelt Hockey in what should be a highly entertaining, competitive series.
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