“Jeopardy!” recently shared a funloving moment from former host and hockey fan Alex Trebek’s trip to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A notorious hockey fan, Trebek is seen in an old photo with his skate on the team mascot, Carlton The Bear.
Trebek had his own personalized Toronto jersey with the Instagram photo telling a little more backstory to the picture. He would not part with it for the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame, so officials had to get another one.
“Come on,” Trebek taunted Domi in a promo for the “Jeopardy!” game show. “You want a piece of this, huh?!”
Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
NHL Embraced’ Jeopardy!’ Host
Trebek was a longtime hockey fan, and the NHL offered condolences upon his death.
“Alex was a passionate fan of our game and a true friend of our League,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “He always said yes when hockey called.”
Former Hartford Whalers founder Howard Baldwin and Trebek formed a friendship in 2016. At the league worked with the “Jeopardy!” host involved in its promotions, he went on to host an NHL 100 segment on Jan. 27, 2017, to showcase many of the League’s 100 Greatest Players. Los Angeles was the spot for the gala event.
In the 2020 NFL draft, Trebek made a pick for his hometown Ottawa Senators. As part of the show, the game show host recorded three clips for three possible selections.
The “Jeopardy!” host grew up as a Detroit Red Wings fan but later shifted his allegiances to the Montreal Canadiens.
Trebek Almost Hosted Hockey Show
According to Sports Illustrated, “Hockey Night in Canada” considered making Trebek the host in 1971. At that time, Trebek was working horse race and figure skating as a sportscaster.
Trebek was on the shortlist, but David Hodge won hosting duties and stayed in the role for 16 seasons.
Canadian Sports Network producers did not like the host’s famed mustache.
“We’re watching (Trebek’s) audition, and I said, ‘Ted (former TSN president Hough), that’s the guy I really want’… And he said, ‘We’re not hiring him. We don’t hire guys with mustaches!’ So I hired Dave Hodge,” executive producer Ralph Mellanby said.
The “Jeopardy!” game show host shaved off his mustache in late 2004.
According to liveabout.com’s top 10 show moments, Trebek shaved off the facial hair again and wore a fake mustache for an April Fool’s Day episode in 2007. The hair returned in 2014 for weeks, and later, fans got to vote on the move. However, by November 2014, it was permanently gone.