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Introducing Ron MacLean


The son of an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Ron MacLean was born Ronald Joseph MacLean on April 12, 1960 in Zweibrücken, West Germany. At the age of Fourteen months his family moved back to Canada; first to Chester, Nova Scotia, followed by Whitehorse, Yukon and then to Red Deer, Alberta.

Ron was still in high school in 1978 when he started his career in broadcasting as a part-time DJ at CKRD-FM and then CKRD-AM. Ron gradually worked his way up to become a weather forecaster at CKRD-TV when His passion for sports and his off-the-cuff wit soon led him to the opportunity of anchoring local Calgary Flames telecasts.

He joined the CBC in 1986, first to host Maple Leaf games on Hockey Night in Canada, and then to become full-time host of the program. MacLean’s role expanded over the years to include hosting CBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994.

MacLean has also covered the Calgary Stampede, track and field competitions around the globe, Export “A” Skins Golf, and World Cup Hockey. He was the host of the reality program Battle of the Blades, is co-host along with Don Cherry of Coaches Corner and is the new host of Hometown Hockey.

He is a former Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and in 2011, published his bestselling book, Cornered, chronicling his journey from childhood to the host of one of Canada’s most celebrated television programs.

MacLean is a nine-time Gemini Award Winner including Best Host / Broadcaster in a Sports Program for CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada (1992, 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2007) and CBC’S Hockey Day in Canada in 2004 and 2006. He is also a two-time recipient of the George Gross Award, honouring excellence in sports broadcasting. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of 1 Air Movements Squadron on 20 March, 2000.

Ron grew up and lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife Cari MacLean.
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