Don Cherry & Ron MacLean Coach's Corner
The legendary Don Cherry has been captivating Canadian hockey audiences with his engaging opinions on Coach’s Corner since 1980 and continues to be a cornerstone of the NHL on Sportsnet, appearing on Coach’s Corner every Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada alongside Ron MacLean.
The Kingston, ON native started his professional hockey career with the Hershey Bears in 1954-55, and played one playoff game with the NHL’s Boston Bruins in 1955. Throughout the next 16 years, Cherry played in the minors in a variety of leagues including the Eastern League, Western League and American Hockey League.
Following a brief retirement in his mid-30’s, Cherry made a storybook comeback to hockey in the 1971-72 season, making the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans as a defenseman. He was promoted to coach mid-season, and following a controversial firing, was re-hired and was named AHL Coach of the Year for the 1973-74 season.
Cherry was hired as head coach of the Boston Bruins in 1974, leading the team to first place in its division four years in a row. In 1975-76, Cherry received the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year, and was also named assistant coach of Team Canada.
The fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 250-win plateau, Cherry ranks fifth in winning percentage among coaches with more than 400 games behind the bench. In 1979, he was hired by the Colorado Rockies for the 1979-80 season, after his time with the Bruins came to an end.
Cherry made his first appearance on Hockey Night in Canada in 1980, which included regular appearances on Coach’s Corner. In 1987, Ron MacLean joined Don Cherry in the studio and the popular duo have been taking their familiar spots on Coach’s Corner every Saturday night during the hockey season ever since.
Ron MacLean brings more than 30 years of award-winning experience to his role as host of Rogers Hometown Hockey and the NHL on Sportsnet. In addition to being front and centre for Sunday night’s Sunday night’s Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast, MacLean continues to join Don Cherry every Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada’s Coaches Corner. MacLean also hosts Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, an important Canadian tradition for 15 years.
MacLean’s extensive knowledge and passion for the game of hockey, combined with more than 25 years of hosting Hockey Night in Canada, has made him one of the country’s most famous and beloved broadcasters.
MacLean began his broadcasting career in 1978 at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alberta, and in 1984 became host of the Calgary Flames television broadcasts on CFAC in Calgary. He became the sports anchor on the local evening news before joining CBC in 1986 as host of the Toronto Maple Leaf broadcasts on Hockey Night in Canada. In 1987, MacLean became national host of Hockey Night in Canada, which included hosting the legendary Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry.
During his career with CBC, MacLean also hosted 10 Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, IAAF World Championships, World Cup Hockey, the Calgary Stampede and Queen's Plate.
MacLean has received 10 Gemini Awards for his work at Hockey Night in Canada, including Best Host / Broadcaster in a Sports Program (1992, 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2007), as well as Best Host for Hockey Day in Canada (2004, 2006 and 2008). He is also a two-time George Gross Award recipient, honouring excellence in sports broadcasting.
MacLean published his first book Cornered in September 2011. The Canadian best seller, co-authored by Kirstie McLellan Day, chronicles his journey from childhood to the host of Hockey Night in Canada.
MacLean is a former Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and lives with his wife, Cari, in Oakville, ON.