Friendship Takes Centre Ice in Timely Original Movie - Sticks and Stones, New Year's Day on CTV



    - As Canada goes for gold in the Czech Republic, David Sutcliffe,
    Alexander De Jordy and Daniel Magder star in an inspirational hockey
    movie about sportsmanship -

    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - As the World Juniors hockey championship takes a
day off on New Year's Day, hockey fans and families can score with the
premiere of the CTV Original Movie Sticks and Stones, Tuesday, January 1 at 8
p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The timely, two-hour New
Year's Day special presentation is inspired by a compelling true story of how
a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team in Fredericton, New Brunswick mended
Canadian/U.S. relations in the world of amateur sport. Scheduled to coincide
with the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on TSN (Dec. 26-Jan. 5), Sticks
and Stones stars Canadians David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls, Private Practice),
young television star Daniel Magder (Disney's Life With Derek), and introduces
young Toronto actor Alexander De Jordy. From the producers of critical and
commercial success C.R.A.Z.Y., Sticks and Stones was shot in Fredericton,
Saint John and Montreal this past summer.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download photos from Sticks and Stones at
ctvmedia.ca.

    In Sticks and Stones, the captain of a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team
organizes a tournament to make amends for the horrible treatment an American
team received during a visit to Canada in March, 2003. As the movie begins,
the U.S. invasion of Iraq is making headlines when a bus carrying the Brockton
Boxers, a team of 12-year-old American hockey players from Brockton,
Massachusetts, makes its way to a Pee-Wee tournament in Canada. The Boxers are
met by thousands of anti-war protesters who attack their bus. Later, when the
American players attend a Montreal Canadiens game, Canadian fans boo the
American national anthem and barrage the Boxers with heckles to "go home."

    Despite playing with their chins up, the Boxers face the tough
Fredericton Canadiens team and an unfair and seemingly anti-American referee.
After this bitter experience the American boys and their families leave,
vowing never to return to Canada. A year later, thanks to the efforts of Jordy
(Alexander De Jordy), the captain of the Fredericton Canadiens, the American
Pee-Wee players are welcomed back to Canada for the "Friendship 2004 Hockey
Tournament."

    Neil Martin (David Sutcliffe) is Jordy's father and coach of the
Fredericton Canadiens, who helps his son create the Friendship Tournament;
Neil's assistant coach Craig (Mark Camacho) lives through his own son's NHL
dreams and challenges the idea of the Friendship Tournament. The Brockton
Boxers are represented by team captain Michael Carver (Daniel Magder); his
father, Peter (John Robinson), a police officer and dedicated hockey dad; and
coach Al Bouchard (Richard Fitzpatrick), a patriotic American who at first is
not convinced the Friendship Tournament is a good idea.

    "As we cheer on the Canadian Junior Team playing in the Czech Republic,
Sticks and Stones celebrates peace, unity, and good sportsmanship, on and off
the ice," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc.

    "Sticks and Stones sends an important message to all ages, especially the
younger generations," said Josée Vallée, Producer and President, Cirrus
Communications. "Sportsmanship is key in all aspects of life - at the hockey
rink, with our friends, and even with strangers," adds Producer Rick
LeGuerrier of New Brunswick-based Dream Street Pictures.

    Sticks and Stones is produced by Cirrus Communications and Dream Street
Pictures. Producers are André Béraud and Josée Vallée for Cirrus
Communications (C.R.A.Z.Y., Naked Josh) and Timothy M. Hogan and Rick
LeGuerrier for Dream Street Pictures (Canada Russia '72, Open Heart). Directed
by acclaimed director George Mihalka (Dr. Lucille, Race to Mars), Sticks and
Stones features a script by Creative Producer Sharon Buckingham (To Walk With
Lions, Beastmaster) and Andrew Wreggitt (Shades of Black: The Conrad Black
Story, One Dead Indian). The CTV executive overseeing the film is Samantha
Morris Mastai. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV.
Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    Sticks and Stones is the latest dramatic title from CTV's Signature
Series, CTV's original movie production strand that features programming
dealing with social issues of national importance. Previous titles that have
enjoyed critical and ratings success include 2007 Best TV Movie Gemini winner
Doomstown, in addition to, among others, Last Exit, Selling Innocence, One
Dead Indian; Plague City, Milgaard; The Sheldon Kennedy Story; Tagged: The
Jonathan Wamback Story; Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story and Choice: The Henry
Morgentaler Story. The Terrorist Next Door, inspired by the real-life events
surrounding the recruitment and capture of Ahmed Ressam - aka the "Millennium
Bomber" - is the next Signature Series movie slated for broadcast. CTV's
Signature Series was established in 1997.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Renée Horton, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374,
rhorton@ctv.ca


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