He's one half of Canada's most recognizable tandems and the face of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
Ron MacLean has arrived in Kenora, and he's encouraging everyone to make their way down to the Harbourfront on Saturday.
“It's really a great family day. As we all know the weather has turned for the better and we're expecting to have ideal conditions for families and the children won't be freezing,” MacLean said. “It's a great social, a great way to make the NHL a first-hand experience. For most of us we just see it on television, and that won't be the case on Saturday.”
MacLean, the longtime co-host of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner along with Don Cherry, has fond memories of Kenora.
In addition to connections with locals Mike Richards and decathlete Michael Smith, he reminisced of one particular memory of Kenora.
He was invited by hockey legend Bob Murdoch to speak at an event in Kenora, shortly after MacLean had stood up for former Prime Minister Jean Chretien deciding not to help American troops in Iraq. As per usual, Cherry disagreed, as did almost everyone in Kenora. Despite the difference in political opinions, MacLean said he was welcomed with open arms and given his Kenora dinner jacket.
That's just one of many stories that fans should expect to be shared by all the alumni and local veteran players throughout the week.
It all culminates with a 13-hour broadcast on Saturday at the Harbourfront.
“The day is a circus,” MacLean said. “Obviously tons of autograph opportunities, there are hockey clinics taking place, a recreation of the Montreal Wanderers 1907 game with the Kenora Thistles. We do the broadcast live and the Stanley Cup is here, which absolutely draws crowds.”
MacLean will complete his Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada duties by heading to the Kenora Rec Centre to host Coach's Corner with Cherry during the Fort Frances Lakers and English River Miners SIJHL game on Saturday night.