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Cornered Hardcover – Oct 3 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
My overall rating...it's OK.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a wonderful book by Canada's best broadcaster...:-)Published 2 months ago by Darrell lechman
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. Read morePublished on April 15 2014 by C. Jones
This book gives an inside look into how MacLean started and the politics of CBC Sport and how popular and important Don Cherry is.Published on Dec 23 2012 by Laurie LeMaitre
I usually like biographies or memoirs. I thought I might find out some interesting "insider" stories about a highly regarded Canadian sport. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2012 by Carla
Why would an intelligent broadcaster such as Ron MacLean need a ghost writer to write this book for him. It has interesting stories but it is poorly written. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2012 by Fadornetto