Dirk Hoag

Managing Editor

started writing about hockey online back in the mid-1990's, for sites such as the (long-gone) In the Crease and 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, or view his profile at LinkedIn.


OTF: Under New Management


The time has come for change at OTF, with the dynamic duo of Jason Zito and Jon Garcia seizing the reins.

Special to OTF: Juuse Saros, Interviewed


Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros is riding high after leading Finland to a gold medal at the World Juniors, and now prepares to play at the IIHF World Championships behind Pekka Rinne in goal.

Peter Laviolette Hired as Head Coach


The Nashville Predators have landed a Stanley Cup-winning coach as their successor to Barry Trotz.

Season Review: Point Producing Papa


Through most of the season, Patric Hornqvist's offensive production failed to meet raised expectations due to his new contract and leadership role. Once his first child was born, however, he went...

Predators Paid Attendance Improved in 2013-14


Just as they took a moderate step forward on the ice, the Nashville Predators made some gains in ticket sales this season.

Pekka Rinne is going back to Minsk


Despite missing most of the 2013-14 NHL regular season with a hip infection, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will play for Finland at the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Championships.

Noonan & Rissling sign entry level contracts


The Nashville Predators are continuing their off-season work by signing defensemen Garrett Noonan and Jaynen Rissling to their entry level contracts today.

The Most-Googled NHL Stars


Which hockey players are drawing the most interest from web surfers around the U.S.? The answer might surprise you...

Preds pull off another trade with Washington


The Nashville Predators made their first trade of the off-season today, sending their 7th-round draft this summer to the Washington Capitals to acquire defenseman Jaynen Rissling.

Red Wings vs Bruins Preview

Can former Nashville Predator David Legwand lead his hometown Detroit Red Wings to victory in the playoffs?

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