Ottawa Senators Hockey Team Proudly Honor Late 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek before Their Game

The Ottawa Senators hockey team proudly honored the late "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek before their game last week.

The late "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was honored in a tribute video made by the Ottawa Senators hockey team, played before their season-opening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TSN Sport shared the video on Twitter. The video honored Trebek and the late John Mucker, a former general manager of the team. 

Alex Trebek pictured behind the "Jeopardy!" lectern on an episode of the show. | Photo: Getty Images

Alex Trebek pictured behind the "Jeopardy!" lectern on an episode of the show. | Photo: Getty Images

Trebek was a big fan of the Senators and the NHL. He had surprised Senators fans by announcing Ottawa's selection of forward Tim Stutzle as the No. 3 overall pick during the NHL draft. 

The video had described him as a Canadian icon and noted that in 2017, Trebek had celebrated his investiture as a member of the Order of Canada at a Senators game. The caption of the tweet read:

"The Senators held a moment of silence before the game to honor Alex Trebek and John Muckler."

Trebek had been a longtime fan of both the NHL and the Ottawa Senators. He had appeared in All-Star festivities and at the National Hockey League awards. 

At the time of his passing in November 2020, Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner, had said that he had been a passionate fan and friend of the league and that they would miss him.

A petition was started which requested that Stage 10 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, be renamed after Trebek.

Trebek passed away in November 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The iconic game show host had been 80 years old at the time of his death. 

Although he passed away in November, his last episode of "Jeopardy!" was aired in January. The host gave a heartfelt speech in the final episodes, sharing the sentiment that it was the season for giving. He said

"I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19, people who are suffering through no fault of their own." 

The show's executive producer, Mike Richards, shared ahead of the premiere that Trebek's speech had given him chills during the filming of his final episodes.

Of course, many fans are heartbroken that he had passed away and that they will no longer see him on screen. Many hope to see him honored posthumously.

A petition was started which requested that Stage 10 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, be renamed after Trebek. View the petition here

There has been no announcement about a permanent host. However, the show will feature a few guest hosts, including its most successful contestant, Ken Jennings.

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