Ice Hockey events were part of the first ever Youth Olympic Games in 2012, as the Goodwill Games were essentially a lower-grade version of the Olympics after the Cold War ended.
Deleted Scenes: At least two in the first sequel. The first took place after Team USA follows Bombay on the golf cart roller blading. Portman and Fulton begin to bond, Coach Bombay and Ms. McKay get to know each other, and the scene ends with Fulton, Guy, and Jesse crashing the golf cart. The second involved the team members who didn't go to Rodeo Drive getting into a brawl with the Iceland team while hanging out at the beach.
Real-Life Relative: Elden Henson (Fulton) and Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy) are brothers. Elden had to dye his hair black and use a stage name (he's credited as Elden Ryan Ratliff) so he could play Fulton.
The original script was much darker and adult themed. Once Disney picked it up, it was revised to tone down the overtly adult elements and add more comedic scenes revolving around the kids.
Charlie Sheen was offered for the role of Gordon Bombay, but turned it down and later on his brother, Emilio Estevez, took the role. Bill Murray was deemed too old for the role, while Chevy Chase, Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks were candidates. Steven Brill, who wrote all three films, wanted to play Bombay and was turned down, he was given the role of prosecutor Frank Huddy as a consolation.
Actor Jack White appears in all three films, in two different roles. In the first two films, he was a referee. In D3, he played Coach Wilson, the Varsity team's head coach. White has been involved in many films where hockey was the main focus or part of the story, including this trilogy, mostly as what IMDb calls a "hockey technical advisor".
Scott Whyte played Gunner Stahl in D2 then came back for D3 as Scooter Holland.