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.


Join the Predators vs Capitals Game Thread!

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Join the Predators vs Stars Game Thread!

Can the Predators keep lighting the lamp like they did last night against Buffalo? Let's tune into FS-TN and find out...

Predators @ Stars Preview: Thinking of Pevs


As the Nashville Predators head south to face division rival Dallas tonight, we can't help but recall the terrifying health scare suffered recently by former Predator Rich Peverley.

Preds 6, Sabres 1: A Happy Night at Bridgestone


The Nashville Predators ended their six-game home losing streak with authority, stomping the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 tonight.

Video: Calle Jarnkrok scores 1st career NHL goal


Calle Jarnkrok, the prized prospect acquired by the Nashville Predators in the David Legwand trade with Detroit, scored his first career goal in the first period of tonight's game against the...

Video: Colton Sissons scores 1st career NHL goal


Congratulations go out to Nashville Predators rookie Colton Sissons, who scored his first career NHL goal tonight, giving the Preds a 1-0 lead in the first period of tonight's game against the...


Join the Predators vs Sabres Game Thread!

It's the Least of the East hitting the ice tonight at Bridgestone Arena, can the Preds build a little confidence tonight against the lousiest team in the NHL?

Preds Games Changing Channels on DirecTV


The Nashville Predators are on the move! At least on DirecTV, that is.

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