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.


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 history?

OTF Photo Caption Contest, Tom Cruise Edition

Yeah, yeah, I fell down on the job and forgot to get this posted on Friday... but now you have something to do this weekend! What the heck is going through Tom Cruise's mind at this Kings game?

Mikko Vainonen Signs Entry Level Contract

Another day, another draft pick signing his Entry Level Contract with the Nashville Predators, as this time we have a Finnish defensemen joining the ranks in Mikko Vainonen.

Brendan Leipsic Signs Entry Level Contract

As always, it will be interesting to see how well phenomenal success at the junior hockey level translates to the pro game.

Alternative NHL Awards: Who is the LVP?

We've all heard the phrase describing the Hart Trophy as celebrating the "player judged most valuable to his team" in the NHL. But which unfortunate souls are on the opposite end of that scale?

Phil Housley Hired as Preds Assistant Coach

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.

Report: Peter Horachek Fired by Predators

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.

Preds Sign Mark Van Guilder to 2-Year Contract

The Nashville Predators are rewarding a longtime prospect today, by signing Mark Van Guilder to a two-way contract for the next two seasons.

Craig Smith Season Review: One To Forget

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.

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