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Ronald Joseph "Ron" MacLean (born April 12, 1960) is a Canadianmarker sportscaster for the CBC who is best known as the host of Hockey Night in Canada.


Early life and career

MacLean was born in Zweibr√ľckenmarker, West Germanymarker. His father was stationed at Zweibr√ľcken Air Basemarker in Germany as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force when MacLean was born, but 14 months later the family moved back to Canada, and he grew up in Chester, Nova Scotiamarker, and Red Deer, Albertamarker, where his broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio, which eventually led to a position doing weather with CKRD-TVmarker.

Hockey Night in Canada

MacLean has worked on Hockey Night in Canada since 1986‚Äď87. He began anchoring telecasts out of western Canada, but near the end of the season was moved to Torontomarker games when Dave Hodge was fired for flipping his pencil on the air to protest a CBC programming decision. He worked his first Stanley Cup Final that spring and has been the primary game host ever since. Part of his duties include hosting Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.

Contract negotiations with CBC Sports Executive Director Nancy Lee and the president of English television had hit a standstill in the 2001‚Äď02 NHL season. MacLean threatened to leave CBC on the advice of his agent Don Meehan. That made headlines across Canada and following a huge public outcry, the CBC quickly gave in to his demands.

In addition to hosting HNIC, he has been a part of the CBC's Olympics coverage since 1988. He took over as chief anchor following the departure of Brian Williams to CTV/TSN. MacLean was the main sportscaster and host for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing until his mother died, causing him to hand over duties to Scott Russell. In 1993, MacLean served as an ice level reporter for NBC Sports' coverage of the NHL All-Star Game in Montrealmarker. MacLean has also hosted CBC's coverage of the Queen's Plate.

Awards and honors

MacLean has won eight Gemini Awards for his work with CBC. His first was in 1992 for Best Sports Broadcaster; he also won the Best Sports Broadcaster award in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He won Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast in 2004 and again in 2006.

Canadian Amateur Hockey Association

In addition to his work at the CBC, MacLean is a Level 5 referee with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. He has refereed in junior, minor pro, senior, and university leagues across Canada, but mostly in the Southern Ontario region. He served as a referee in the September 29, 2006 NHL preseason matchup of the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins calling one penalty in the final minute of the game. His interest in refereeing extends to his career in broadcasting.

MacLean was named an Honorary Colonel for the 1 Air Movements Squadron at 17 Wing Winnipeg of the Canadian Forces Air Command.

Personal life

He and his wife, Cari, live in Oakville, Ontariomarker.

Propagandhi reference

Ron MacLean is the subject of the Canadian punk rock band Propagandhi's song "Dear Coach's Corner", of their 2009 album Supporting Caste. He is addressed in second person throughout the song, which describes itself as a "letter" to MacLean. The song begins with an 18 second sample of the show that ends with Don Cherry (the co-host of Coach's Corner) saying "Let's talk about some good guys, let's talk about the troops", after he states his discontempt about "talking about saving the world and all that stuff" on the hockey show.


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