Wednesday, January 16, 2013 |
Ron MacLean is most recognized as co-host of Hockey Night in Canada, but this year he's taking on another gig as a Canada Reads panelist. MacLean was born in Germany, but grew up in different parts of Canada including Yukon and Nova Scotia before his family settled in Alberta. He'll be representing the Prairies and North as he defends The Age of Hope by David Bergen. The novel follows the life of a seemingly ordinary woman who goes through emotional ups and downs in a small town outside of Winnipeg in the 1930s.
MacLean got his start in broadcasting as a DJ on a Red Deer, Alberta radio show while in high school. He had a passion for sports and eventually landed a gig hosting Calgary Flames telecasts. In 1986, he joined the CBC to host Maple Leaf games on Hockey Night in Canada and then became a full-time host of the program.
CBC Digital Archives dug up a 2001 CBC Sports Journal report on "A Day in the Life of Hockey's Ron MacLean." In the video, we get a behind-the scenes look at how MacLean spends his day preparing for game night broadcasts. He takes us into his home where we see his collection of hockey books, and later to the set of Hockey Night in Canada with Don Cherry.
Ron MacLean is defending The Age of Hope during the Canada Reads debates February 11-14.