Ron MacLean began his career as a radio and television commentator with CKRD in Red Deer in 1977. CFAC TV who signed him to host the Calgary Flames hockey games recognized his talent as a sports broadcaster. In 1986, he joined Molstar Communications and quickly rose to fame following his first Stanley Cup broadcast in 1987. Other memorable moments include his appointments to co-host, for CBC, the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
The names Ron MacLean and Don Cherry are synonymous with Hockey Night in Canada. His friend Don Cherry had this to say about him, "Ron MacLean is simply the best, his record speaks for itself; he'd have to be the best, he works with me."
In recognition of his performance as sportscaster, The Gemini Award was presented to Ron MacLean in both 1992 and 1993. The President of the Canadian Hockey Association states that, "He is a true ambassador for our Canadian game."
- Gemini Award winner (10 times,) with CBC including Best Host/Broadcaster in a Sports Program for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada (1992, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2007)
- 1987 - Began hosting on Hockey Night in Canada
- 2000 - Late Night and Early Morning show for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games
- 2002 - Daytime host for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games
- 2004 - Afternoon host of the 2004 Olympic Summer Games
- 2004 - CBC's Hockey Day in Canada
- 2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation
- 2006 - CBC's Hockey Day in Canada
- 2008 - Main host for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games
- 2014/15 season - Ron travelled to different communities across the country and hosted Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sunday afternoon
- 2015 - Oakville Sports Hall of Fame
- 2015 - Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, together, were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame
- 2015 - 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Hosts in a Sports Program or Series for his work with Hockey Night in Canada