Sticks and Stones is inspired by the real-life events: the Canadian Pee Wee hockey team organized a Friendship Series tournament to make amends for the ill-treatment an American team received during a visit to Canada at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In March 2003, thousands of anti-war protesters in Montreal threatened a bus carrying 12-year-old American hockey players from Brockton, Massachusetts, on their way to play in a tournament. Later, Canadian fans attending a Habs versus Islanders game booed the American national anthem in front of these same kids, who were barraged by hecklers telling them to “go home”.
After the team was made to feel unwelcome at the hockey tournament they had looked forward to all season, the boys and their families left, vowing never to return to Canada. A year later, thanks to the efforts of several New Brunswick families, the American Pee Wee players were welcomed back to Canada for the “Friendship 2004 Hockey Tournament”.
“A feel-good movie for families and sports-lovers alike” – TV Guide
Dream Street Pictures
Alexander De Jordy