Alex Trebek, the host of “Jeopardy!” for 36 years, died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer Sunday. He was 80.
A devoted hockey fan from Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek helped the Ottawa Senators announce Mannheim center Tim Stuetzle as the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He also presented the Hart Trophy at the 2019 NHL Awards, where he earned a standing ovation.
“The Ottawa Senators organization is saddened by the passing of Alex Trebek,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. “Alex was a true and much beloved Canadian icon, and a very special member of the Ottawa Senators family. We will always be grateful to Alex for the special role he played in announcing the Senators’ first draft choice this year. For his legions of fans, Alex’s class and professionalism will endure as will his love for our game. Thank you, Alex, for your legacy. The Senators family and the entire Capital Region will miss you.”
The NHL and NHL Alumni Association shared their condolences, the League calling Trebek “a true friend of the game and part of the NHL family” who “will be dearly missed,” and the Alumni Association tweeting it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Jeopardy! host and proud Canadian hockey fan, Alex Trebek. Our condolences to Alex’s family, friends and fans across the nation.”
New York Rangers forward Tony DeAngelo and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jimmy Vesey were among other members of the hockey community who paid tribute. Vesey tweeted “RIP Alex Trebek” with the goat emoji referencing the popular game show host as the greatest of all time.
Wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey, Trebek predicted the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs while sharing he grew up a Detroit Red Wings fan because of Gordie Howe until switching allegiances to the Canadiens after Howe retired.
“We’re saddened to learn of the passing of Canadian legend and noted hockey fan Alex Trebek,” the Canadiens tweeted. “Rest in peace Mr. Trebek.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning tweeted about the time they were a clue on “Jeopardy!” during a 2017 episode.
“Forever one of our coolest moments right here,” the Lightning said. “RIP Mr. Trebek.”
USA Hockey also shared a photo of Trebek wearing an NHL jersey.