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.


Kings vs Sharks Preview


The Battle of California is rejoined as the Kings and Sharks relive last spring's seven-game war.

Wild vs Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche went on a worst-to-first tear this season under rookie head coach Patrick Roy. Can their story continue with a successful playoff run?

Blackhawks vs Blues Preview

Two old-time Norris Division foes meet up in a titanic 1st-round matchup.

NHL Playoffs Game Thread: And So It Begins...


Three games kick off the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs this evening, beginning with the Canadiens and Lightning.

Flyers vs Rangers Preview

Two bitter rivals meet for the 11th time in playoff history as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers square off in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Ducks vs Stars Preview

Living legend Teemu Selanne makes his final playoff chase with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks, as they face a Dallas Stars team which is very much a work in progress.

Join the OTF League in the NHL's 2014 Bracket Challenge


I've created a public "On The Forecheck" league in the NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket Challenge, so make sure to file your entry as well! I'm going with Boston over Chicago in the Cup Final...

5 Challenges facing the next Head Coach


As the Nashville Predators begin a search for their next head coach, there are some major tasks which any prospective bench boss needs to be prepared to take on.

Columbus vs Pittsburgh Preview

The Blue Jackets are making only their second trip to the NHL post-season, and face a tough challenge against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montreal vs Tampa Bay Preview

These two Atlantic Division rivals will meet for the second time ever in the post-season, giving Montreal a chance to avenge a sweep at the hands of the Lightning back in 2004.

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