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.


Friday's Dump & Chase: Avs Match O'Reilly Offer

Just as the Nashville Predators had their hand forced last summer by the Philadelphia Flyers after an offer sheet was signed by Shea Weber, the Colorado Avalanche have Ryan O'Reilly back in the fold, after the Calgary Flames tried to snatch him away.

Thursday's Dump & Chase: Rick DiPietro Speaks Out

After an infamous stretch of seasons with long stints on IR, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was waived & sent to the AHL by the New York Islanders this week. Today, he speaks out about how this has affected him personally.

Brian McGrattan Traded to Calgary

After assigning him to Milwaukee earlier this week, the Nashville Predators have traded Brian McGrattan to the Calgary Flames.

Anaheim 5, Nashville 1: Ducks Dynasty

The Anaheim Ducks moved to 3-0 against Nashville with a thorough beatdown of the Predators tonight, as Pekka Rinne gave up five goals and yielded to Chris Mason for the third period.

Even Carrie Underwood Can't Find the Preds Game

We've all been there, right? Flipping around the guide looking for a Nashville Predators game? Tonight the Preds' most famous fan ran into that problem...

3rd Period Game Thread

I'm going to be dragging in the morning, but it's worth it, right?

2nd Period Game Thread

Time to put on a pot of coffee and get ready for a late night...

Predators @ Ducks Game Thread

Remember, kids, tonight's game is on SportSouth, starting just after 9:00...

Preds @ Ducks Preview: 3rd Time A Charm?

The Nashville Predators get their third chance to beat the Ducks tonight in Anaheim, after having dropped two shootout losses in previous meetings this season.

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