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Ron MacLean        

Canadian Sportscaster

Thankfully, in 2002, thousands of Canadians demonstrated their unrelenting desire to have Ron MacLean continue as the long-time host of Hockey Night in Canada. MacLean is best known as the straight man on Coach's Corner, the listener and, some might argue, the voice of reason that saves Don Cherry from getting a puck in the head.

His broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took over a 16-month part-time position at a radio station in Red Deer, Alberta. One night in 1984, a hockey producer saw MacLean doing an ad-lib weather forecast and hired him to host the Calgary Flames telecasts on CKPD, an independent TV station in Calgary. He then became the sports anchor on the local evening news. MacLean's first love is hockey, which led him to Toronto in 1986 and Molson Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. The eight-time Gemini Award-winning sportscaster has expanded his professional duties to include hosting CBC's coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics - including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Calgary Stampede, Commonwealth Games and World Track & Field Championships. In 2009, MacLean co-hosted the CBC's seven-week series, Battle of the Blades. In his spare time, he is a Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

As a host, master of ceremonies or featured speaker, MacLean's quick wit, thoughtful insights and humorous, engaging style have entertained audiences from coast to coast.

  1. Coach's Corner

  2. Humour & Hockey

  3. Celebrity Appearances

Speech Topics

An Evening with Ron MacLean

Speaker Ron MacLean knows that sports are the perfect canvas to showcase the best of human achievement. Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, he tells the stories behind the stories, touching on issues of leadership, teamwork, and individual performance. Engaging and personable, he's a popular speaker for any corporate and association audience.


How the CBC's Ron MacLean plans on staying awake long enough ...
MacLean is describing the challenges inherent in broadcasting to an audience that will be between eight and 12 time zones behind.

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