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.


Predators @ Sharks Preview: Goals Wanted


Two teams aiming to get back on track meet up tonight in San Jose (9:30 p.m. Central on FS-TN). With both the Sharks and Predators searching for goal scoring, are we in for a pitcher's duel?

Saturday's Dump & Chase: Growing Nashville Hockey


While we thrill to see the progress that amateur hockey has made in Middle Tennessee, what will it take to launch the next level of development? With only four sheets of ice in town, things are...

Keep Up With the Conversation: Get Live Preds Talk


We all know how the sports media world has been revolutionized over the last few years thanks to Twitter. Stories break and spread like wildfire within minutes, but if you're not following the...

Live Preds Talk & News From Twitter


Keep up with all the latest news & talk about the Nashville Predators with this feed of the best Preds-related Twitter accounts.

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...

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...

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...

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