NHL teams, players release statements and tributes following death of Alex Trebek


OTTAWA — Members of the hockey world are mourning the death of Alex Trebek, the legendary “Jeopardy!” game show host.

A handful of National Hockey League teams, players, and even commissioner Gary Bettman released statements and tributes in light of Trebek’s death. The Sudbury, Ont.-native died at home Sunday morning while surrounded by loved ones.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk offered his condolences in a statement released early Sunday evening.

“Alex was a true and much beloved Canadian icon, and a very special member of the Ottawa Senators family,” Melnyk said.

Trebek announced the Senators’ third overall draft choice, Tim Stuetzle, this past October in a recorded video message from the “Jeopardy!” set.

Stuetzle took to Instagram to express his sadness.

“I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of Alex Trebek. I was looking forward to meet the person who drafted me,” the German teenager wrote. “He shared this unforgettable moment with me and I am very thankful for that. With my deepest condolences REST IN PEACE MR.TREBEK.”

Commissioner Gary Bettman said he considered Trebek a “passionate fan” and a “true friend” of the NHL.

“He always said ‘yes’ when hockey called,” Bettman wrote in a statement. “We will miss him and send our condolences to his family and millions of friends and fans.”

The Montreal Canadiens, Trebek’s favourite team growing up, posted their respects on Twitter in both English and French.

“We’re saddened to learn of the passing of Canadian legend and noted hockey fan Alex Trebek. Rest in peace Mr. Trebek,” the organization said through its Twitter account.

New Jersey Devils defenceman P.K. Subban posted a video of him meeting Trebek, where the host lamented his departure from the Canadiens. Subban was traded from the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators in June 2016.

“Alex Trebek was a fighter, a gentleman, and a legend. Just like many fans, I also enjoyed watching  jeopardy growing up. I’m happy I got to meet the man. Sending love to Alex’s family. RIP.” Subban tweeted.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, the Florida Panthers, the Los Angeles Kings, as well as both Hockey Canada and USA Hockey expressed condolences to Trebek on Twitter.

Trebek, 80, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.