Along with their time on minor professional teams like those depicted in the film, all three of the actors playing the Hanson Brothers played in the major leagues. Steve Carlson played in 225 games, in both the NHL and the WHA. Dave Hanson played in 136 games in the NHL and WHA. Jeff Carlson played 7 games in the WHA. Like their characters, both Dave Hanson and Jeff Carlson were known for a willingness to "drop the gloves". Steve Carlson did have some fights in his professional career, but was known more as a finesse player. Dave Hanson's son, Christian Hanson has played a total of 42 games in the NHL (with the Toronto Maple Leafs between 2008-2011) and has played in the American Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, and St. Louis Blues affiliates. The younger Hanson spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons overseas in the Black Diamond Hockey League.