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Tennessee Team Spotlight: January 2009

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Tennessee Amateur and Youth Hockey Team Spotlight is looking to spotlight some of the worthy teams that make up the Tennessee amateur and youth hockey scene. If you know of an ice, inline or street hockey team that deserves to have its story told, please email us at and tell us about it. Be sure to check back here every month for the Tennessee Team Spotlight feature story.

January 2009: Tennessee Inferno, Youth, Inc.

It's that time again; the Tennessee Inferno is gearing up for another season. With the new year comes the beginning of practices for the Inferno teams—who will be preparing for the 2009 season. The Inferno team was built back in 2
006 and has expanded to form another team. The original 1996 team is now split into two teams—blue and white—and is coached by Chris Curtis, Mark Northern and Hal Schultheis. The Inferno was on fire and blazed a trail for a 10-and-under team—coached by David Purvis, Tim Haller and Mark Northern—and an 8-and-under team coached by Marty Thompson and Daniel Heinrich.

Both 1996 teams did incredibly well last season and pushed themselves further with each tournament they attended, bringing home hardware throughout the season. Each team made many trips to Snellville, Ga., Knoxville, Tenn. and on occasion traveled even further.

A good portion of the players on the Inferno teams got their start playing roller hockey; most continue to play in-line for Youth Incorporated in the spring and fall seasons between their travel and ice schedules. This helps each player maintain their skill level while having fun with their friends at the rink as well.

With spring and summer fast approaching, so are the tournaments the Inferno teams will be attending. Some of these tournaments are NARCh, Echo, 2hot4ice and hopefully for some State Wars.

Those looking to sharpen their hockey skills—or just coming aboard and looking to learn the game of hockey—need look no further. Youth Incorporated is holding registrations on Jan. 24th and 31st and Feb. 7th. Registrations will be at each rink (LaVergne, Bellevue and Spring Hill) from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. In-line hockey is geared for ages 4-17. For more information, please visit or contact the league's director at

1996 Tennessee Inferno Roster
Matt Adams
Luke Carlton
Michael Curtis
Jimmy Curtis
PJ Fogolin
Vince Haller
Tucker Keen
Jack Mali
Colter May
Jacob Mofield
Gram Northern
Devin Pierce
Austin Purvis
Tyler Rettke
Hunter Saunders
Jamie Schultheis
Jack Shea
Noah Wilson
Spencer Thompson
Noah Sinz
8 and under Inferno
Lucas Bahn
Ben Betzler
Jacob Titus
Zach Conner
Jacob Heinrich
Sam Mali
Ian McDonald
Ian McCollum
Bryce Pierce
Jackson Sterrett
Griffin Thompson
Brayden Brewington

10 and Under Inferno
Gabriel Bahn
Jackson Graham
Eli Haller
Alex Harness
Brady Kolff
Tanner Viola
Brandon Purvis
Ben Schultheis
Gray Northern

January 2009: Tennessee Inferno, Youth, Inc.
December 2008: Nashville Ice Tigers

November 2008: Silver Stick Regional Champs
October 2008: Team South 2008 Champs - Black Team
June 2008:
TN represented at USA Hockey Nationals Development Programs
March 2008:
Southern Ice Storm Mite Selects
February 2008:
Nashville Predators Jr. NHL All-Star Squirt and Peewee teams
November 2007:
Thunder AAA Hockey
February 2007:
Mt. Juliet High School
January 2007:
Southern Flyers Girls U19 team
December 2006:
Memphis Blues
November 2006:
Tennessee Inferno
October 2006:
Challenged Athletes Playing Equally

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