Canada is ...

Ron MacLean talks about the Canadian 'love affair' with hockey

From grainy black and white footage to 4K YouTube tutorials, hockey has come a long way.

Lively animation covers origins of the sport to how it’s evolved.

From grainy black and white footage to 4K YouTube tutorials, hockey has come a long way. 4:04

Ron MacLean says it's a complicated web to figure out where the game of hockey began, "Every time you hit the outdoor ice you are in the footsteps of our history in the cup, and that's exciting."

In this first segment of Canada is … MacLean, longtime host of Hockey Night in Canada, shares his thoughts on hockey's role in Canadian culture and how hockey unites us from coast to coast to coast.

Canada is ... is an online series produced in collaboration with Thought Café showcasing the many facets of Canadian identity. Leading figures in each field explore how their area relates to Canadian culture and capture a part of what it means to be Canadian.