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Alex Trebek and sports are linked

The legendary Jeopardy! host passed away Sunday at 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, and a foreseeable profusion of love followed-- including from many corners of the sports world.

Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ont., and worked as a CBC radio host and broadcaster prior to relocating to the U.S. and eventually taking the Jeopardy! task in 1984.

The Canadian icon insisted the program be called a test program rather than a game program, but it's evident the competitive nature of Jeopardy! resonated with athletes across the continent. Sports figures from Gary Bettman to P.K. Subban to Aaron Rodgers made their love for Trebek understood on Sunday, and a Philadelphia Eagles coach said he plays together with the show to prepare his impulses for calling plays throughout video games.

At the NHL draft in October, Trebek, a University of Ottawa graduate, revealed the Senators' first-round draft choice: "Who is Tim Stuetzle?" The German forward took to Instagram to reveal his acknowledgements, writing, "He shared this unforgettable minute with me and I am really happy for that." Enjoy the draft choice here, and read more response from the NHL here.

Trebek himself was a known sports fan, and wasn't afraid to show his contempt when contestants missed out on concerns on the topic. In 2014, an entrant addressed Magic Johnson to a clue about who had the most 100+ help seasons in NHL history. Trebek replied with a basic, "Oh, no" before the next candidate got the apparent response: Wayne Gretzky. Enjoy that clip here.

More recently, in 2018, the classification was football and all three entrants stopped working to answer each of the 5 questions. "I can inform you men are big football fans," Trebek stated before adding he 'd have to "have a talk" with them at the industrial break. You can enjoy that segment here.

One previous contestant remembered an instance throughout taping when Trebek whispered to himself that they needed to wrap quickly because he had tickets to see Pau Gasol and the Lakers. Trebek was also a noted Dodgers fan, and got to see them end their 32-year World Series dry spell on Oct. 27-- two days prior to his final Jeopardy! taping.

The classification is sports:

  • He's the Cal Ripken Jr., of hosts, holding the world record for the majority of video game show episodes hosted by the exact same presenter at 8,174, according to iMDB. Jeopardy! states his final episode will air on Christmas.
  • Gordie Howe made him a hockey and Red Wings fan, but after Howe's retirement he switched loyalties to the Canadiens. Later on, he helped cover the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1967 Stanley Cup success for CBC. Watch him tell the finals and ensuing parade listed below.
  • Prior to Jeopardy!, he hosted curling and Commonwealth Games protection for CBC Sports.
  • He played some hockey maturing, however his time on ice ended up being more regular when he signed up with a celeb league in Los Angeles.
  • Unlike many professional athletes, he had no superstitions about facial hair. When fans were distressed that he shaved his popular mustache, he simply said it could grow back.

All five answers: Who is Alex Trebek?

Alex Trebek tells a wrap-up of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs, won by the Toronto Maple Leafs, with Hockey Night in Canada analysts Danny Gallivan and Bill Hewitt providing the play-by-play. 27:22

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Howie Meeker, another Canadian icon, likewise died this weekend.The cherished Hockey Night in Canada personality and oldest living Toronto Maple Leaf passed away Sunday at 97 years of ages. Meeker played 8 seasons in the NHL, all as a Maple Leaf. He won novice of the year in 1947 and was part of 4 Stanley Cup champions. In 1951, he tallied the help on Bill Barilko's Cup-winning objective that's immortalized by the Tragically Hip song "Fifty-Mission Cap."

But Meeker is best understood for his post-playing career, where he invested 30 years as a broadcaster with TSN and CBC and promoted expressions like "Jiminy Cricket" and "Golly gee willikers" along the way. Meeker was credited for moving broadcast analysis forward-- he drew criticism early in his career for explaining gamer errors throughout games. Find out more about Meeker's life here.

Some important 2021 bonspiels are likely headed to bubbles.CBC Sports' Devin Heroux reports the Brier, Scotties and guys's world champions-- initially set up for Kelowna, B.C., Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ottawa, respectively-- are most likely to be played without fans at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Curling Canada must still gain approval on the plan from all levels of government. The General Public Health Agency of Canada said it is open to reviewing propositions, while a survey of curlers revealed frustrating support. Learn more about curling's bubble concept here.

The Blue Jays made the very first free-agent finalizing of the MLB off-season.The team brought back starter Robbie Ray, who was gotten from Arizona at the trade due date, on a 1 year, $8 million US agreement. The timing was more significant than the finalizing itself. Free company negotiations started Nov. 1, with offers officially permitted 5 days later. The Ray agreement, signed Saturday, stays the only one. While owners sob poor following the lost profits of the 2020 season, the status of 2021 is likewise up in the air due to the changing nature of the virus. The NHL's free-agent "craze" didn't rather live up to its billing, but most top gamers found houses relatively rapidly. NBA totally free company could get crazy in its expected window in between the Nov. 18 draft and the likely Dec. 1 start of training school. Baseball, though, promises to be a long, drawn-out procedure. Go figure.

Felix Auger-Aliassime won his very first ATP doubles title, then made Canadian history.Together with partner Hubert Hurkacz, the unseeded duo went on an unexpected run through the Paris Masters, eventually downing the 2nd seed in the championship match. It was just the second tournament Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz have played together. For the Canadian, the win came at a great time following 2 straight early exits and a parting with his long-time coach. Auger-Aliassime will play the Sofia Open today, where he (No. 2) and Denis Shapovalov (No. 1) combine to become the very first Canadians to ever comprise the leading two seeds of an ATP competition. Learn more about Auger-Aliassime's Paris Masters win here.

Auger-Aliassime, left, and Hurkacz, right, celebrate their Paris Masters doubles victory. (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

And lastly ...

You already know that Manon Rheaume was the first female to play in an NHL game. However there's even more to the story. Her exhibit appearance with the Tampa Bay Lightning was earned after publishing a one-period shutout on 14 shots throughout a team tournament at practice. Lightning head coach Terry Crisp protested the concept of putting her in a game at the time, but years later on confessed she should have the shot, which stuck with Rheaume. And when Rheaume appeared on late night TELEVISION with David Letterman, she didn't even understand who Letterman was. See Rheaume reminisce on her NHL shot with CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo here.

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Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ont., and worked as a CBC radio host and broadcaster before moving to the U.S. and ultimately taking the Jeopardy! Trebek himself was a recognized sports fan, and wasn't afraid to show his contempt when contestants missed out on concerns on the subject. One former contestant recalled an instance during taping when Trebek muttered to himself that they needed to cover rapidly since he had tickets to see Pau Gasol and the Lakers. Trebek was also a noted Dodgers fan, and got to see them end their 32-year World Series dry spell on Oct. 27-- two days before his final Jeopardy! CBC Sports' Devin Heroux reports the Brier, Scotties and guys's world championships-- initially set up for Kelowna, B.C., Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ottawa, respectively-- are most likely to be played without fans at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.


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