Sticks and Stones (2008)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Family  |  1 January 2008 (Canada)
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The Boxers from Brockton, MA and the Canadiens from Fredericton, NB are two teams at a 2003 Montréal junior hockey tournament. The Boxers almost didn't attend because of the rising global ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Martin
Jordan Martin
Michael Carver
John Robinson ...
Peter Carver
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Al Bouchard
Cary Lawrence ...
Diane Heany
Anne Carver
Cameron Ansell ...
Dennis Heany
Kyle Perkins
Craig Perkins
Alessandro Costantini ...
Zack Connelly
Chris Carver
Luc Proulx ...
Mr. Houle


The Boxers from Brockton, MA and the Canadiens from Fredericton, NB are two teams at a 2003 Montréal junior hockey tournament. The Boxers almost didn't attend because of the rising global tensions due to the US initiated Iraq War. After arriving in Montréal, the Boxers wished they hadn't attended as they face anti-US sentiments time after time, some bordering on the potentially violent. This situation is especially troubling for the family of the Boxers' star forward Michael Carver, whose twenty year old brother Chris Carter gave up his own hockey life to enlist and is scheduled to head over to Iraq soon. One half of the Canadiens star first line, coach Neil Martin's twelve year old son Jordan Martin, doesn't like the treatment shown to the American team. Although distracted by his parent's crumbling marriage whose problems are due primarily to competing careers, Jordan decides to do his small but seemingly insurmountably problematic part in fixing the wrong that has been done. ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG for some thematic material and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 January 2008 (Canada)  »

Box Office


CAD 3,900,000 (estimated)

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Since a TV production must appeal to a large demographic group, it's teleplay differs from the history of the original March 2004 Friendship Tournament. A Pee Wee hockey production would appeal primarily to kids and families, so the principal instigator of the tournament was changed from a seasoned hockey dad/coach to a Pee Wee player, Jordy, who witnesses some of the Brockton team's humiliation himself. The time line to stage the tournament was shortened from one year to three months. Tension between Jordy's parents and a scheduling conflict with a hockey assessment camp were introduced. See more »


(at around 45 mins) The New Brunswick license plate GAJ-314 has expiration tab "03 2008", whereas the picture is set in 2003. See more »

Crazy Credits

"The events in this film are inspired by the real-life actions of hockey dads Brian Johnson and Roger Shannon who organized the Friendship Series that took place in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2004. We thank them for their generosity in letting us tell this story." See more »

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Heartwarming story
2 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie, mainly because I live in Fredericton and was proud that my city hosted such a great event for these poor kids from the U.S. who got mistreated for something they had no control over. I thought this movie was well acted, especially on the part of David Sutcliffe and newcomer Alex De Jordy who I thought gave a heartfelt performance as Jordy Martin. It was pretty cool to watch a movie that was taped in your hometown, which doesn't happy here very often and it was funny to watch them pretend to be in Boston when I could make out stores in the background that are down the street from my house here but to someone who isn't from Fredericton, they wouldn't know the difference. Either way, I thought this was a very cute movie.

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