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.


NHL Playoffs: Kings vs Blackhawks Preview


The defending champs will face off against the best team in the regular season for the honor of ignoring the Clarence Campbell Trophy and moving on to the Stanley Cup Final...

The OTF Photo Caption Contest


So... what does Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita have to say about things these days?

Should the Predators Go After John Tortorella?


Might the deposed head coach of the New York Rangers be the man to rejuvenate the Nashville Predators?

Hockey Events Galore at Music City Sports Festival


If you're sick of watching other NHL teams chasing the Stanley Cup and need to scratch your hockey itch, there's a great chance to do just that this weekend at the Music City Sports Festival.

David Legwand Season Review: Same Old, Same Old


He leads the Nashville Predators career lists in every significant category, but will David Legwand finish his career with the Preds?

NHL Awards: Who Will Win the Jack Adams Award?


Two previous winners go up against a second-time finalist for the honor of being named the NHL's top coach this season.

Preds Pursuing Austrian Winger Michael Raffl?


While we wait for the 2013 NHL Draft, and the ensuing free agent market to open this summer, the Nashville Predators are apparently at work combing the European leagues for more talent.

Happy Memorial Day 2013 from On The Forecheck


Memorial Day is known for flying flags, enjoying a big cookout, and thanking our military for all they do. It's worth remembering, however, that these kinds of thank-yous don't have to be confined...

Ryan Ellis Season Review: Don't Stop Believing


Is now the time for the Nashville Predators to see what Ellis might fetch on the trade market, or is he a core element of the team's future?

2013 NHL Awards: Who Will Win the Vezina Trophy?


Three European goaltenders are the finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy, to be handed out in a TV special during the upcoming Stanley Cup Final. Which one of them will earn his spot in goaltending...

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