Toronto Maple Leafs Have the Perfect Ron MacLean Replacement

A TV camera used to film Toronto Maple Leafs games for Hockey Night in Canada (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A TV camera used to film Toronto Maple Leafs games for Hockey Night in Canada (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

Though recent rumours about changes to Hockey Night in Canada have turned out to be false, the Toronto Maple Leafs have the perfect replacement for Ron McLean when changes to inevitably occur.

Watching Toronto Maple Leafs games on a Saturday night is a great tradition for many fans, but from Dave Hodge to Don Cherry, HNIC is no stranger to major changes.

And while some definitely consider the stars and the format currently on the air to be somewhat dated, it seems changes are off the table for at least this year.

Whenever he eventually retires, the 37 year broadcast veteran, Ron MacLean’s position may be the toughest of all to replace. However, there is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization that would fit very well stepping into the role as host. That would be Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser.

Toronto Maple Leafs Have the Perfect Ron McLean Replacement

Dr. Wickenheiser, who received the Order of Canada in 2011, is highly decorated in the sport. She is a four time Olympic gold medalist, who won a silver as well. She has captured seven IIHF World Championships golds and six silvers.

Dr. Wickenheiser has even played professionally in both women’s and men’s leagues. In fact, she is the first woman who wasn’t a goaltender to do so. There have been many debates on whether she or Angela James are the best female hockey player of all time, but being in that conversation says a lot.

Currently, Dr. Wickenheiser, who is a resident physician, is also the assistant to the Maple Leafs  general manager, Brad Treliving. Her understanding of the sport, both on-ice and in business is nearly unparalleled. The knowledge she could share on HNIC would provide viewers with new and interesting insights.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs Player Can Join Panel

Along with Dr. Wickenheiser, there’s a former Maple Leafs player who would be a perfect fit on the panel. Though he doesn’t have the same degree of hockey accolades as the physician, Rich Clune has the personality and experience to be in front of the camera.

In 2015-16, Clune was playing for the Tororonto Marlies in the AHL, when he was called up to compete in 19 games for the Maple Leafs. He recorded four assists during that stretch. Clune then went on to play six more years with the Marlies. He was the team’s captain for the final two seasons.

Unlike most former professional hockey players, Clune has taken acting lessons. According to IMDB, he has participated in three short films.

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Getting different perspectives on the game from interesting and gregarious stars should appeal to HNIC’s future viewers. Dr. Wickenheiser and Clune would be the perfect fit.