Ron MacLean brings extensive experience, knowledge and passion for the game of hockey to his role as host of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. The nine-time Gemini Award Winner is also a two-time recipient of the George Gross Award, honouring excellence in sports broadcasting, and is also nominated for a 2008 Gemini Award for his role as host of the 2008 edition of CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA. In 2008, MacLean hosted Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games, which marked his ninth Olympic Games on CBC.
MacLean began his broadcasting career in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alberta. In 1984, a producer saw MacLean doing an ad-lib weather forecast and hired him to host the Calgary Flames telecasts on CFAC, an independent TV station in Calgary. MacLean then became the sports anchor on the local evening news before joining CBC in 1986.
After joining CBC in 1986, MacLean hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs' telecasts on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, before becoming the full-time national host in 1987.
Throughout his 20 plus-year career with CBC, MacLean's role has expanded to include hosting CBC's coverage of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cup Hockey, the Calgary Stampede and Queen's Plate. MacLean has also traveled the globe on several occasions to host CBC SPORTS' coverage of the IAAF World Championships.
MacLean has been recognized with nine Gemini Awards for his work with CBC, 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 also hosts CBC's popular show BATTLE OF THE BLADES.
MacLean is a former Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and lives with his wife, Cari, in Oakville, Ontario.
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