Ron MacLean, host of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA for more than 18 years, began his broadcasting career in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alta.
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-year career with CBC, MacLean's role has expanded to include hosting CBC's coverage of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cup Hockey and the Calgary Stampede. MacLean has also traveled the globe on several occasions to host CBC Sports' coverage of the IAAF World Championships.
MacLean has been recognized with eight Gemini Awards for his work with CBC, including Best Host in a Sports Program for CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA in 2004 and 2006.
MacLean is a former Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association but has given that up to play hockey twice a week. He and his wife, Cari, live in Oakville, Ont.
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