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Cornered [Hardcover]

Ron MacLean , Kirstie McLellan Day
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Book Description

Oct. 3 2011

Ron MacLean has been a Saturday night tradition for twenty-five years. Known for his quick wit, arched eyebrows and encyclopedic hockey knowledge, MacLean is the skilled ringmaster of Canada’s most watched weekly program. He has interviewed the greatest players, coaches and personalities of an era. He is a master of seeking the best in substance and entertainment from his guests, as well as from his opinionated and often irascible co-host, Don Cherry, on “Coach’s Corner.”

And he has never written a book—until now. Cornered is packed with inside accounts—some inspiring, many hilarious—from his early days as a part-time radio announcer and weather forecaster in Red Deer, Alberta, to his time hosting Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympics. Perhaps no other journalist has witnessed first-hand more Canadian sports milestones in the past quarter century. From Gretzky to Catriona, Mario to Salé and Pelletier, MacLean has been there with an eye for detail and an appreciation for what makes a great story.

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About the Author

RON MacLEAN, host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for twenty-five years, began his broadcasting career in 1978 as an all-night DJ in Red Deer, Alberta. In 1984, he moved to Calgary to host Flames telecasts on Channels 2 and 7. MacLean joined CBC in 1986, where he hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs’ telecasts on HNIC, before becoming the full-time national host in 1987. He has also hosted CBC’s coverage of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cup Hockey, the Calgary Stampede and Battle of the Blades. MacLean has been recognized with ten Gemini Awards, including Best Host in 2004 and 2006. He and his wife, Cari, live in Oakville, Ontario.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short anecdotes of Ron's career Jan. 11 2012
By Drew P.
A collection of very short anecdotes of Ron's career as a broadcaster. It was interesting for the most part but as I read, it came to mind what Ron's commentary would have been like as I turned the pages of his old photo albums. I do like Ron McLean's mind and his rapier wit but his writing here reminds me of my own amateur writing style when I'm writing a personal letter.

My overall's OK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, very cool book, a must read! Jan. 13 2012
I found it very hard to put down and had to pace my reading. He's just a wealth of info, the behind the scenes stuff is great. It was interesting to learn about his life and his insights are fantastic. It certainly opened my eyes re his valuable role on Coach's Corner. Would definitely recommend, you don't have to be a hockey fan to appreciate this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but poorly written Dec 14 2011
I bought this book for my husband. He says that the book is entertaining and the stories are interesting, but it is very poorly written.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornered Nov. 10 2011
I loved the book. Love the interaction with Cherry. Ron has had a very interesting career and it continues. Every hockey fan will love this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor writing April 15 2014
By C. Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I bought this book for my husband who's a great hockey fan. He hasn't picked it up yet but I decided to read it since I'm a hockey fan as well.

I love the way Ron Maclean keeps insisting he's such a humble guy! What a riot! There is nothing humble about him at all. He pretty much considers himself an expert on everything. The one thing he proves himself bad at with this book is writing. It's choppy and completely poorly written. If you're going to get help writing a book, hire someone who can write and let them do it. He hops from one topic to another with no rhyme or reason.

Before I read the book, I thought he seemed like a nice enough person on Hockey Night in Canada. Now, I wouldn't even want to meet him. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grapes Dec 23 2012
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This book gives an inside look into how MacLean started and the politics of CBC Sport and how popular and important Don Cherry is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHELLEY May 15 2012
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My Husband totally enjoyed the book . I have never seen him read a book until now. He could not put it down until he was done. He wanted to know how and what Ron did to become what he is today so the book was a hit. I ordered it hoping it would come in time for his birthday and it did so I was very pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Inside on Don & Ron Feb. 15 2012
This is a good book for discovering who Ron and Don are, their relationship with the CBC, and the fallout from Don's forays into sensitive areas such as the Afghanistan War, European players, visors, fighting, and concussions. I have a new appreciation of Ron and Don. Coach's Corner is the only intermission show that gets higher ratings than the game itself. They are a great pair and Ron does a good job giving credit where credit is due.

My favorite parts of this book include a touching moment in an interview with Canadian ski legend Karrin Lee-Gartner and her husband Max during the1992 Olympics in Albertville France. The couple were so happy in the CBC studio after Karrin won gold in the women's downhill that Max started to cry with happiness then Karrin, then Ron. It was a great moment.

Another great passage in the book comes from an interaction with the hockey world's infamous little leprechaun, Gary Bettman. Ron was commenting during a 1999 Western Conference final in Dallas in June that there was 80 percent humidity and 90 degree temperature and they were having problems with the ice. Bettman came to him asking him why he had to be so negative. Ron replied why do we have to be watching hockey in June.

A disappointing section of the book was the contract dispute Ron had with CBC. I think the book is too early in Ron's career to reveal the juicy details. Maybe a sequel when the consequences are less fatal.

Overall, Cornered was a pleasant read and would recommend it to any hockey fan.
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