I will have a regular post/podcast later this week. This interview stands alone and I wanted to bring it you while it was fresh..
From coast to coast and around the globe there may not be a more recognize-able active face or name in hockey than Ron MacLean. From 1986 to today, minus the two first years of the Rogers NHL deal Ron has been the host of not only the NHL on Hockey Night in Canada but also the host of the controversial Coaches Corner with Don Cherry as well as the Olympics and countless other sporting events.
The former hockey referee started his broadcast career flipping 8-track cassettes while in high school in Red Deer Albert subbing in for a friend of his who also turned him onto refereeing. With the plan to get a degree to become a teacher, Ron continued his broadcast career on late-night AM radio which quickly got him to do the weather on TV and other shows. This was enough to keep him from college and provided the necessary moment for John Shannon at Hockey Night In Canada to offer him a position.
When Dave Hodge exited Hockey Night Ron was handed the set of keys to both the hosting duties and to working alongside Don Cherry.
Ron has not spent much time talking about life post Coaches Corner but here is sharing new insights on his career, hockey, and of course Donald S. Cherry and that night of November 19, 2019, when the house came crashing down on Cherry and Coaches Corner.
Ron should be buried in Stanley Cup finals right now. Instead, he is busy with other things, including an incredible vlogcast of his own and now spending time with us.
A rare glimpse inside the life of someone who we spend so much time with and yet perhaps knew so little about. Your next hockey watching experience will be enriched after tuning in.